Could Niemann land in Denver?

The Colorado Rockies would love to add a starting pitcher, and ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney tweeted late last month that they had "checked in" with the Rays about righthander Jeff Niemann.

While the deal appears to be on the backburner for now, it could still happen, Patrick Saunders speculates in Tuesday’s Denver Post.

Niemann missed the majority of 2012 due to injury, but owns a career 4.08 ERA over five seasons and has three years of double-digit wins. Saunders notes that there are “health issues” involved in completing any deal and the trade could involve Rockies lefty Christian Friedrich , who had a 6.17 ERA in 16 starts as a rookie. Friedrich, however, has been slowed early in camp by a stiff lower back, which could delay any deal.

The Rockies have a surplus at catcher and could consider Ramon Hernandez as trade bait in an effort to improve a staff that had the worst ERA in the majors (5.22).