ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rockies have "checked in" with the Rays about Jeff Niemann.
The Rockies are looking to add another pitcher to their starting rotation mix and have been in trade discussions with the Rays, though Olney notes that the talks have yet to reach an advanced stage. Niemann missed the majority of 2012 due to injury, but owns a career 4.08 ERA over parts of the last five seasons. The Rockies figure to offer Ramon Hernandez in any potential deal after placing him on the trade block earlier this week. However, nothing between the sides appears imminent.