BOSTON (AP) – Rockies owner Charlie Monfort reportedly plans to complain to baseball commissioner Bud Selig over an aborted trade with the Boston Red Sox that left outfielder Larry Bigbie in Colorado.

The Rockies acquired Bigbie from Baltimore for outfielder Eric Byrnes, expecting to flip Bigbie to Boston for outfielder Adam Stern and minor-league catcher Kelly Shoppach.

The Red Sox told Colorado that they agreed to the deal pending approval of ownership.

“We felt it was a formality,” Monfort told the Denver Post.

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein would not comment on any of the players involved in the talks. But he said Monday: “We understand the Rockies are disappointed that the deal did not come to fruition.

“However, there was one clear condition on the deal before it was made final, and that condition was not met,” he said.

“We empathize with their position, but no trade was ever finalized.”

Rockies manager Dan O’Dowd was out of town and team spokesman Jay Alves declined to release details. He said the matter has been settled.

“We have no desire to file a grievance,” he said. “We’re moving on as an organization.”

AP-ES-08-01-05 1916EDT


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