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12/04/09 7:40 PM EST

GM denies Rox's pursuit of Hudson

O'Dowd says club is 'very happy' with Barmes at second

DENVER -- Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said the club is not actively pursuing free-agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.

Foxsports.com reported the Rockies were pursuing Hudson, with a plan to make Clint Barmes -- the team's regular second baseman in 2009 -- a super-utility player. But O'Dowd told MLB.com that while Hudson's name came up when the Rockies were doing their normal talks with agents, the plan is still to stay with Barmes.

"That is not anything near a front-burner issue," O'Dowd said. "We're very happy with Clint Barmes as our second baseman."

The Rockies are early in the negotiations with Barmes -- who is eligible for arbitration -- on a multiyear contract. O'Dowd said if Hudson is still on the market late in the offseason, pursuing him might be a consideration, but only then.

Last year, Hudson was on the market late in the offseason, but the Rockies had already filled their salary budget. Hudson signed with the Dodgers, earned his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove Award, and finished the season batting .283 with nine home runs and 62 RBIs.

Barmes, installed as the regular second baseman, finished the regular season at .245 with career highs in home runs with 23 and RBIs with 76. Barmes hit .314 in June and had a .279 batting average before the All-Star break, but he hit .205 afterward and went 0-for-14 in the National League Division Series, which the Phillies won in four games.

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