Jul 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Josh Outman (88) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

MLB trade rumors 2013: Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians interested in Colorado Rockies Josh Outman

It appears left handed specialists are going to be all the rage during the current Major League Baseball trading deadline.

The San Francisco Giants will apparently deal their specialist, Javier Lopez, and it also sounds as if the Colorado Rockies will do the same.

Both the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox, in search of bullpen help, have been speaking to the Rockies about southpaw Josh Outman and talks have been intensifying between both clubs in the past day or two:

Jeff Francis‘ return makes more sense when you consider this: The Rockies are listening to offers for left-handed reliever Josh Outman, with the Red Sox and Indians among those interested.

Colorado has been prepared to act as a buyer and seller as it teeters on the edge of contention. Outman has value — a hard-throwing left-hander who is under control for two more seasons — especially in a more traditional bullpen. The 28-year-old could serve as a one-inning piece or as a specialist. Outman, acquired from Oakland for outfielder Seth Smith before last season, has limited lefties to a .224 average in 76 at-bats.

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