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's Thomas Harding.  The Twins have since announced the trade.


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 Responses to Rockies Acquire Kevin Slowey Leave a Reply

  1. JaySchu 4 years ago

    Wow, they’re stockpiling pitchers like madmen

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

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

    • 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..

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

      • McCutchenistheTruth 4 years 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.

  3. BVHjays 4 years ago

    That’s going to be a disaster.

    • Lastings 4 years ago

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

  4. Ryan 4 years ago

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

    • BVHjays 4 years 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.

  5. 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 4 years 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)

      • Haim Saban > chico65

      • diddykong 4 years ago

        Watch it man. Putty Patrol be everywhere.

        • FowlofCanada 4 years ago

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

          • chico65 4 years ago

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

          • FowlofCanada 4 years 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.

  6. baseballz 4 years ago

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

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      No, you didn’t.

      • baseballz 4 years ago

        Buzz Killington is that you ?

        • Jason_F 4 years ago

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

  7. chico65 4 years ago

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

  8. Seriously not a fan of this move.

    • chico65 4 years ago

      Don’t you mean “moo-ve”?

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

        • chico65 4 years ago

          Oh snap! 

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

  9. Mikey Roederer 4 years 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

  10. carlpavanosmustache 4 years ago

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

  11. JLaw 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

      • denverbears 4 years ago

        They have enough arms now that they could do it…

    • SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

        • SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years 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.

  12. chico65 4 years 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?

  13. 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 4 years 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!

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

  14. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years 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.

    • 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 4 years ago

        One of the dumbest comments I’ve read here

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

      • Jeff Westcott 4 years ago

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

    • denverbears 4 years 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.

  15. Matt Moore 4 years ago

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

  16. diddykong 4 years ago

    Has Volquez’s value really dropped that much?

  17. Slowey rocks

  18. Rangers4Life 4 years ago

    2012 Kevin Slowey = 2011 Bronson Arroyo Ver. 2.0

  19. 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.

  20. jhawk90 4 years ago

    I thought Bill Smith got fired?

  21. firealyellon 4 years ago

    Slowey’s most recent xFIPs:  4.15, 4.24, 4.36
    Trend is not good but that’s still a sub-4 ERA in the NL.  Nice buy-low move.  Minny is going to have a couple of really awful years ahead…

  22. $1742854 4 years ago

    I know that Slowey hasn’t brought is best game yet, and the Twins have ZERO SP depth. I just don’t get it.

  23. Well, this now adds urgency to the Twins FO to add a Starter.

    Otherwise, this will probably be the rotation next season


    Only Pavano and Baker inspire any confidence. Maybe Blackburn for the month of May only.

    As for Slowey, the Twins helped kill his value along with Slowey himself. Mostly, by publicly stating Slowey’s attitude problems and putting him in Gardy’s dog house.

    Here is hoping that the PTBNL is Jose Morales. Never understood why Smith got rid of that guy.

    • Morales, I believe, is a free agent right now.  Smith got rid of him b/c he was out of options and Gardy wanted Butera as the Mauer’s backup.  The lefty we got for him was fair value if he hadn’t come down with a brain tumor.  Hope he beats it.

      • philliesfan136 4 years ago

        Correct. He was also signed by the Pirates to a minor league contract.

  24. twgstl 4 years ago

    they are also adding Pavano in a separate deal to Rox.  Freeing up $$$ to up Buerhle offer.

  25. SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

    In reply to a pretty dumb comment itself.  Wash.

  26. SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

    In reply to a fairly dumb comment in itself.  Wash.

  27. hopefully they can pull of the deal for volquez, although it will probably take some prospects as well to get him

  28. mgsports 4 years ago

    It can’t be Snith and it has to be somebody not on the 40 man Roster. How do you know they are making another Trade to get Pavano because MLB Network/ESPN and so on would be talking about it.

  29. 0vercast 4 years ago

    “Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA this year and was out from May to August because of an abdominal strain. He made eight starts and six relief appearances and the Twins went 0-14 in those games.Slowey became the first major league pitcher to make at least eight starts and lose them all since Lou Sleater of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, STATS LLC said.”

  30. Beavis De Beppo 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t give up on Volquez just yet.  He still has time to turn it around, just a couple years removed from TJ.  Now if the Reds could somehow pry a Seth Smith away with Street for Volquez+, that’s another story…

  31. Wrek305 4 years ago

    I like Ian Stewart. It should be Scott Maine, Geo Soto and Blake DeWitt for Stewart. Giving up garbage for a good play who could and probably will be trade bait in July.

  32. as a nats fan, i know that the nats have all kinds of pitching they can trade……you guys take lannan, we will take wood….thats fair

  33. chee1rs 4 years ago

    it’s very fair

  34. So the Rockies overpaid, then?

  35. that is still too much!

  36. SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

    About the same as it being Bubba Smith.

  37. Bernaldo 4 years ago

    Not as dumb as you may think.  It is speculated here (Twin Cities) that Smith is indeed the PTBNL with the Twins sending another player or two to the Rockies if the Twins don’t sign Cuddyer.  The Twins essentially secured an option on Smith until they know what will happen with Cuddyer.

  38. SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

    I can’t imagine who might be speculating that Seth will be the PTBNL but I bet whomever’s doing that isn’t betting his house.  Now, if you are saying that another deal with the Twins involving Smith for other players is possible then, sure, maybe.  It’s the offseason and anything can happen.  The honest likelihood is that the PTBNL is going to be someone the Rockies would otherwise have to expose to the rule 5 draft.

  39. chico65 4 years ago

    I believe the picture is from the Emmy awards, but the Golden Globes would have been more fitting.

  40. reds fans have suffered enough of volquez’ crap….the reds have to admit to themselves they got screwed in the hamilton deal and move on…if i remember right the reds were talking extension with this guy too werent they??

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