Rockies Acquire Kevin Slowey

THURSDAY: The Twins acquired righty Daniel Turpen from the Rockies to complete the Slowey deal, they announced today.  Turpen, 25, posted a 4.83 ERA in Double-A this year.  He was taken by the Yankees from the Red Sox in last year's Rule 5 draft, then returned to Boston and later traded to Colorado.

TUESDAY: The Rockies agreed to acquire starter Kevin Slowey from the Twins for a player to be named later, reports MLB.com's Thomas Harding.  The Twins have since announced the trade.

Slowey

Slowey, 27, was widely regarded as a non-tender candidate had he remained with the Twins until next week's deadline.  He projects to earn $2.7MM through arbitration in 2012, and is under team control through 2013.  One of the game's most extreme flyball pitchers, Slowey (pictured) doesn't seem a great fit for Coors Field.  The other concern is that Slowey hasn't compiled big innings totals in the Majors.  Still, he limits free passes as well as anyone and could be a useful back-end rotation addition for Colorado.  The Rockies also added starter Tyler Chatwood last week in a trade with the Angels.

The Rockies may have other irons in the fire, as Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post reported earlier that they've discussed a deal with the Reds involving closer Huston Street for starter Edinson Volquez.  It's unclear whether those talks are still active given the Slowey acquisition.  Renck also wrote that the Rockies have interest in trading for the Phillies' Placido Polanco or the Braves' Martin Prado, and asked the Cubs about D.J. LeMahieu and Scott Maine in Ian Stewart talks that have since lost momentum.

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86 Comments on "Rockies Acquire Kevin Slowey"


JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

Wow, they’re stockpiling pitchers like madmen

3 years 8 months ago

If this were another blog, a picture of Christina Hendricks would go here.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Sounds like a good enough excuse to me

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

ohh…I see

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

who?

3 years 8 months ago

hopefully the PTBNL is a middle reliever with talent otherwise we just gave up slowey for nothing kinda like Hardy for junk last year

3 years 8 months ago

well they were going to non-tender him, so it will probably be a C-level prospect

3 years 8 months ago

The likely PTBNL will most like be drawn from a group of agreed upon players or a recent draftee who hasn’t been with the Rockies for the required full year.. Recent draftee names to consider could be Trevor Story, Dillon Thomas and / or Chris Jensen..

3 years 8 months ago

No way will it be a prospect on the level of Story. 

McCutchenistheTruth
3 years 8 months ago

The problem with the PTBNL idea is a draftee can’t be actually traded as a PTBNL for 1 year from the date of them signing.

In addition, a PTBNL must be determined 6 months from the time of the trade.  Since that is in early May, no 2011 draftees would have signed.

Thus it’s not a 2011 draftee.

BVHjays
3 years 8 months ago

That’s going to be a disaster.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Disaster seems a bit extreme. It may not work out for Colorado, but they won’t be dumping millions on an ineffective pitcher.

3 years 8 months ago

That’s almost exactly what they’re going to be doing actually.

3 years 8 months ago

Am I the only one that see’s Slowey part of the possible deal with the Mariners, sending a fly ball pitcher to Safeco, a BIG ballpark

wintwins
3 years 8 months ago

Yes you are

Ryan
3 years 8 months ago

This Seems like a pre-cursor to a Hudson Street Deal
 

BVHjays
3 years 8 months ago

Maybe. But they’ve all along been reportedly trying to trade Street for a back-end starter, and now their full of those guys. Perhaps it allows them to trade Street for a prospect.

3 years 8 months ago

Someone needs to tell the Rockies front office that baseball isn’t the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.  Collecting dozens of mediocre pitchers isn’t going to create a zord that is some front line pitcher.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Someone needs to implement an auto-ban policy for anyone making a Power Rangers reference on a baseball website (or for that matter, at all)

3 years 8 months ago

Haim Saban > chico65

diddykong
3 years 8 months ago

Watch it man. Putty Patrol be everywhere.

FowlofCanada
3 years 8 months ago

This deal has a chance to be Pink Ranger successful or Yellow Ranger dead.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Oh man.  You guys might as well be speaking in tongues.  I’m getting old.

FowlofCanada
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think I’m that much older than you. 

Amongst the original Power Ranger actors, the most successful is the Pink Ranger – Amy Jo Johnson, who managed to get more work after Power Ranger and is still now in significant acting roles.  The original actress Thuy Trang who played the Yellow Ranger died in a car accident in 2001.

baseballz
3 years 8 months ago

He should be able to Slowey turn things around in Colorado!
Sorry I had to =)

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

No, you didn’t.

baseballz
3 years 8 months ago

Buzz Killington is that you ?

Jason_F
3 years 8 months ago

That’s assuming that there was a buzz to kill in the first place, which, clearly, there wasn’t.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

What a fast move by the Rockies.  I’m not sure Slowey is a good fit.

3 years 8 months ago

Seriously not a fan of this move.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t you mean “moo-ve”?

3 years 8 months ago

Someone needs to implement an auto-ban policy for anyone making cow puns.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Oh snap! 

How witty.  You young ‘uns just keep increasing my optimism for the future.

Mikey Roederer
3 years 8 months ago

ptbnl?? Somebody from this years draft perhaps? when are they able to be traded again??

regardless though, Slowely is going to do horrible in Coors next year, best of luck Rox

3 years 8 months ago

They have to wait a year after being drafted and signed.

carlpavanosmustache
3 years 8 months ago

As long as the ROX get Foghat’s Slowride walkup music in the deal I’d call this a win for Colorado.

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 8 months ago

One of the ‘most extreme flyball pitchers” in a park where the ball will fly farther than anywhere else. Seems like a solid plan to me. What could possibly go wrong?

Shu13
3 years 8 months ago

maybe he’s going to be a road only pitcher? haha

denverbears
3 years 8 months ago

They have enough arms now that they could do it…

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

It’s OK.  This is simply a misunderstanding of the actual effects at Coors Field.  Coors is cavernous and flyballs (most of them) will stay in the park.  Swift outfielders like Fowler and Gonzalez will be able to camp under them for pop-ups.  The humidor has taken much of the “juice” out of our very dry air and returned balls to their normal weight.  The real problem at Coors is line drives that rattle around – especially in right field.  Slowey doesn’t issue a lot of walks which helps limit damage.  The most effective pitchers at Coors (or anywhere) are groundball pitchers but the cost is considerably higher.  Granted, more flyballs equals more home runs anywhere but this is a cheap move and will only cost a nobody non-prospect.

denverbears
3 years 8 months ago

While the humidor has lessened the effect, it still has one of the highest HR factors in MLB.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

I’m not saying Coors is the new PETCO, just that the typical flyballer + Coors = (every hitter becomes Hank Aaron) is lazy logic.  Dex and carGo help as much as the Humidor and last year’s pitcher-go-round hurt to a similar extent.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

I’m with you JLaw, sounds like a perfectly reasonable acquisition to me…if your GM is Tony Reagins. Is the oxygen amount at that altitude finally taking it’s toll on O’Dowd?

3 years 8 months ago

Huston Street for Edinson Volquez hahahaha!

What did Walt Jocketty fall down a flight steps in Dallas?

I hope there’s a team doctor somewhere there, he must have a large lump on his head and at least a Grade II concussion. Should, I get on my cell phone right now and call the Hotel Front Desk to make sure he’s (Walt) ok?

Huston Street for Edinson Volquez… that’s just crazy talk!

Jay McCollum
3 years 8 months ago

This was reported by Colorado side…picked up by cincinnati media this am…of course with their spin…if true…I’ll drive crazy eddie there myself!

3 years 8 months ago

“Crazy” Eddie. His prices are Insane!
I haven’t heard that name in years.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

NL West teams have added such “talent” as: Ellis, Treanor, Capuano, Slowey, Hairston Jr., etc.
NL East team: Reyes, Bell, and maybe even Pujols

Can the Braves relocate to the NL West? Seems like a free postseason ticket.

3 years 8 months ago

The Braves were constant cellar dwellers of the NL West when they were in it.  It took a move to the East for them to become postseason automatics.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

One of the dumbest comments I’ve read here

3 years 8 months ago

Really, you must not read many comments then.   I have seen much worse.

Jeff Westcott
3 years 8 months ago

Dude, the Braves’ run of division titles began in 1991 when they were in the NL West.

denverbears
3 years 8 months ago

The NL West consistently finishes with an above .500 winning percentage
and as recently as two years ago had the best record of any division in
the NL.  It is the central that you want to move to.  Also, it would be
more geographically  correct.

MattCMoore
3 years 8 months ago

The Rockies are kinda like the short bus riders of the major leagues. The Twins are right there with them though…

diddykong
3 years 8 months ago

Has Volquez’s value really dropped that much?

Jay McCollum
3 years 8 months ago

absolutely!

3 years 8 months ago

Slowey rocks

Rangers4Life
3 years 8 months ago

More like, he’s going to get rocked

3 years 8 months ago

now thats funny!!

Rangers4Life
3 years 8 months ago

2012 Kevin Slowey = 2011 Bronson Arroyo Ver. 2.0

3 years 8 months ago

I could see Slowey having a serviceable year in Colorado. Assuming the Twins will be getting an equipment manager with a sack of baseballs in return. Terry Ryan not exactly marking the beginning of his tenure with an exclamation point.

jhawk90
3 years 8 months ago

I thought Bill Smith got fired?