Rockies unable to land Heilman

Rockies unable to land Heilman

LAS VEGAS -- Right-hander Aaron Heilman has been one of the Rockies' trade targets this offseason, but he is being dealt in a three-way trade that involves the Mets, Mariners and Indians.

The Mets had designs on right-hander Huston Street, whom the Rockies recently acquired from the Athletics. But Wednesday night's deal had the Mariners' J.J. Putz going to the Mets to serve as a right-handed setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez. That was why the Mets had their eyes on Street.

Heilman ended up with the Mariners in the deal.

Before the Winter Meetings, reports surfaced that the Rockies considered sending Street to the Mets for Heilman. The New York Post reported Tuesday that the Mets also considered including left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano, but later decided against such an offer.

But the New York Post said the Rockies didn't want to trade for Heilman alone. The Denver Post reported Wednesday night that the Rockies, who have said during this week's Winter Meetings that they'd like for Street to compete with Manuel Corpas for the closer role. Colorado wanted Heilman, but didn't want to give up Street.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.