Interesting, I like Atkins... But I'm NOT the biggest fan of the idea. The thing is this.
ESPN's Buster Olney makes a point to say that this trade idea is pure speculation rather than anything he's heard. Still worth discussing. Here it is:
If Colorado eventually turns the page on 2008, the Indians and the Rockies could match up well in a deal built around Garrett Atkins. The Rockies have a third baseman waiting in the wings, in Ian Stewart -- although he is not faring well so far -- and the Indians, as they look for ways to improve their offense, are flexible at first and third base. (MLBTR)
Atkins plays third and first base. We are pretty good in both areas. Trading Marte wouldn't work because apparently they like the guy that would replace Atkins. MLBTR speculates Aaron Laffey(not a fan with CC and Byrd's pending FA statuses), and Josh Barfield. As we all know I love Josh Barfield and if Casey Blake isn't with this team next year, we need either Barfield or Marte.
Plus where would you play him THIS year AND he is due a lot of money in arbitration because of the years he has been having. Not a fan of this, and thankfully it is just Buster Olney dreaming stuff up and we have no real interest in the guy.