Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd says Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer will not be traded

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The Rockies are currently 17 games under the .500 mark and hovering just above the very bottom of the National League West, but don’t expect them to be sellers at this year’s July 31 trade deadline.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd insisted Wednesday that outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer will not be on the move this summer despite considerable interest from opposing teams.

“The Carlos Gonzalez thing is a joke. We’re not trading Carlos Gonzalez,” said O’Dowd. “I’ve had a ton of calls on Cuddyer. But I’m not trading him, either.”

CarGo is already one of the best players in baseball at age 26 and is under contract control through the 2017 season. And Cuddyer signed an affordable three-year, $31.5 million free agent deal just this past winter.

The Rox are hoping to compete within the next couple of years, and they want CarGo and Cuddyer to help.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.