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12/23/09 7:10 PM EST

Rockies working on deal for Redding

Club said to be in talks with previously sought right-hander

DENVER -- The Rockies are negotiating with one of their past targets, right-handed pitcher Tim Redding, according to a Major League source.

Last winter, the Rockies attempted to acquire Redding from the Nationals before he was non-tendered. Redding signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mets as a free agent, but the Rockies were a finalist. Redding went 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA in 30 games, including 17 starts, with the Mets, who non-tendered him this month.

The Rockies were not a finalist in the chase for former Pirates reliever Matt Capps, who reportedly is deciding between the Nationals and the Cubs (with the Nats the favorite). But when the Rockies' pursuit of Capps surfaced, general manager Dan O'Dowd said the Rockies were contacting a variety of pitchers.

Redding, who turns 32 on Feb. 12, could be asked to push the rotation and add length and experience to the bullpen.

Rockies officials could not be reached for comment.

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