[UPDATE 12.29.2011] Well, it looks like Olney and Renck are both either mistaken in their assessment of the Ross situation, or they were given incorrect information. Wednesday Saunders of the DP reported that the Ross rumors are wrong and the reason is exactly what i speculated earlier: too much depth in our outfield already.
[12.27.2011] After reducing his expectations, from 3 to 2 years, the Rockies seem to be in talks with Cody Ross. The strange thing is, after picking up Cuddyer the Rockies are flush with outfielders. Ross would be a 5th glove roving Coors expanse, which leaves Smith as a very odd man out. Even trading Smith means Ross would still have to settle for ridding the pine, given the 10+ million Cuddyer and CarGo are making, the option of them sitting ranges from extremely remote to nil. Not to mention Tyler Colvin wanting to fit in somewhere.
I don’t expect a trade like this to ingratiate the management with the fans, especially after the money spent on an outfielder (too much by many opinions) in Cuddyer. Pitching seems to be the desire from the faithful fan, along with a solid glove/bat at 2nd.