Rockies Close To Acquiring Jeremy Guthrie

The Rockies and Orioles are nearing an agreement that would send starter Jeremy Guthrie to Colorado, most likely for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.  Connolly believes a third piece for the Orioles was discussed, but the sides settled on Hammel and Lindstrom.  Guthrie's arbitration hearing was scheduled for this morning, but is believed to have been postponed.  With a $3MM gap, the righty's arbitration case has a sizeable spread.

Guthrie, 32, has been a regular in Baltimore's rotation since being claimed off waivers from the Indians five years ago.  Last year he posted a 4.33 ERA, 5.6 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 1.13 HR/9, and 39.6% groundball rate in 208 innings for the Orioles.  His skills suggest a 200-inning, 4.50 ERA guy in the AL East.  Guthrie will be a useful addition for a Rockies rotation long on options but short on stability, assuming his proclivity to surrender home runs doesn't worsen.  Guthrie will be eligible for free agency after the season.

Hammel, 29, posted a 4.76 ERA, 5.0 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 1.11 HR/9, and 43.9% groundball rate in 170 1/3 innings last year.  Acquired from the Rays three years ago, Hammel has given the Rockies 170+ innings in each of his seasons.  Prior to 2011, Hammel's skills suggested a pitcher capable of a sub-4.00 ERA.  In 2011, however, he was moved to the Rockies' bullpen in August.  He'll earn $4.75MM in 2012 and will be arbitration eligible for 2013.

Lindstrom, 31, posted a 3.00 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 0.50 HR/9, and 47.3% groundball rate in 54 innings last year for the Rockies.  His strikeout rates have always seemed low for someone averaging a 96 mile-per-hour fastball.  Lindstrom, who was acquired in December 2010 from the Astros, is owed $3.6MM for 2012 and has a $4MM club option for '13.    

With the trade, Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has subtracted his rotation's one sure thing in favor of Hammel, who was demoted from the Rockies' rotation last summer.  He did acquire two pitchers for the price of one, as well as potential 2013 control for each.

This post was first published the morning of February 6th.


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14 Comments on "Rockies Close To Acquiring Jeremy Guthrie"


3 years 6 months ago

This is all the O’s could get for Guthrie?

3 years 6 months ago

Guthrie will be a useful addition for a Rockies rotation long on options but short on stability, assuming his proclivity to surrender home runs doesn’t worsen.  That should be interesting if he can do that.
Guthrie definitely wanted out of Baltimore, the Rockies give him a change of scenery and he has a good pitching coach in Bob Apodaca. I wish him well in Colorado!

3 years 6 months ago

Was there any evidence he wanted out of Baltimore?  Not disputing your comment just curious.

PhilR8
3 years 6 months ago

I’d like to know this as well.  From all accounts it seemed like Guthrie was happy in Baltimore, at least until this arbitration spat.

PhilR8
3 years 6 months ago

I’d like to know this as well.  From all accounts it seemed like Guthrie was happy in Baltimore, at least until this arbitration spat.

PhilR8
3 years 6 months ago

I’d like to know this as well.  From all accounts it seemed like Guthrie was happy in Baltimore, at least until this arbitration spat.

stephen cashman
3 years 6 months ago

I like this trade.. Guthrie’s gonna hit free agency next year so it makes sense to get two decent players who are under the Oriole’s control for a few years.

3 years 6 months ago

“decent” players being the key word

rockvssingleparents
3 years 6 months ago

I didn’t think they could do it, but Duquette has somehow made the Orioles even worse. Subtraction by Addition.

rockvssingleparents
3 years 6 months ago

I didn’t think they could do it, but Duquette has somehow made the Orioles even worse. Subtraction by Addition.

rockvssingleparents
3 years 6 months ago

I didn’t think they could do it, but Duquette has somehow made the Orioles even worse. Subtraction by Addition.

justin0467
3 years 6 months ago

can fans veto this trade? id rather keep guthrie if were going to trade him for nothing. neither of these pitchers can keep up in the al east.

justin0467
3 years 6 months ago

can fans veto this trade? id rather keep guthrie if were going to trade him for nothing. neither of these pitchers can keep up in the al east.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Guthrie is a good pitcher in the AL East and *should* have been a#2-3 the NL, but sending him to this stadium is not the best of places.

He still should improve a bit more, as long as Colorodo will play some defense behind him as the O’s were amongst the worst in the game for much of Guthrie’s tenure with them.

Hard to believe The Duke is getting so little back for him then he wouldn’t be selling so cheap to his fellow teams in the AL East either.. Rockies had better jump on this if they can get a solid starter for pretty much nothing who is at LEAST as good as Jackson, only with a track record.