Rockies To Acquire Guthrie For Hammel, Lindstrom

"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Baltimore anymore," tweeted righty Jeremy Guthrie this morning after learning he'd been traded from the Orioles to the Rockies.  The clubs reached an agreement that sends Guthrie to Colorado for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun first reported the near-deal, which has now been officially announced. 

Guthrie's arbitration hearing against the Orioles was scheduled for this morning with a $7.25MM-$10.25MM spread, but his agent Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports tweeted today he reached an agreement on a one-year deal that fits "within the Rockies' payroll structure" and is "a showing of good faith."  Connolly says Guthrie settled with the Rockies at $8.2MM, which is $550K below the midpoint.  With the Orioles, a hearing had "seemed possible and even likely," tweeted Van Wagenen.

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Guthrie, 32, had 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 (pictured) 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 in Coors Field.  Guthrie will be eligible for free agency after the season, and I would not expect draft pick compensation.

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 season since the trade.  Prior to 2011, Hammel's skills suggested a pitcher capable of a sub-4.00 ERA.  In 2011, however, he was demoted 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.  Interestingly, Guthrie and Lindstrom both put their baseball careers on hold for two-year Mormon missions in their lives.    

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.  Noted Duquette on today's conference call, "We didn't have any offers of young prospects for Jeremy."  Duquette has hooked up with Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd for trades twice before, when the former was at the helm of the Red Sox.

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176 Comments on "Rockies To Acquire Guthrie For Hammel, Lindstrom"


goredsgo
3 years 6 months ago

that was fast

3 years 6 months ago

I’d rather take my chances with Hammel than Guthrie, seems like a win for the Orioles.

Hoosier_Oriole
3 years 6 months ago

I think you’ll be extremely glad you have Guthrie. I can find no reason, other than salary, to have made this trade. The O’s have not improved. They have traded a sure thing for two more of what they already have about 8 of. I can only see this as a way of getting Wada into the rotation. Good luck, Guts. You will be missed.

Go O’s!

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 6 months ago

It’ll depend on which Hammel we sent you.  He’s been brilliant but inconsistent.  He had a down 2011.  Plus Lindstrom is as solid as a brick wall.

3 years 6 months ago

In a Cat-5 Tornado.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 6 months ago

It’ll depend on which Hammel we sent you.  He’s been brilliant but inconsistent.  He had a down 2011.  Plus Lindstrom is as solid as a brick wall.

3 years 6 months ago

I’d rather take my chances with Hammel than Guthrie, seems like a win for the Orioles.

3 years 6 months ago

I’d rather take my chances with Hammel than Guthrie, seems like a win for the Orioles.

3 years 6 months ago

Hmmmm very interesting.

3 years 6 months ago

Hmmmm very interesting.

3 years 6 months ago

Monday morning zombie haze: For a split second, I thought Guthrie just got dealt for Cole Hamels.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

If you really thought that, you must have had a lot to drink during the game yesterday.

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

Yesterday?  I’m crying in my beer right now.

3 years 6 months ago

so THAT’S where you are!

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

Heh heh heh just missed you man.  Have a good evening.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

If you really thought that, you must have had a lot to drink during the game yesterday.

GlassJawn
3 years 6 months ago

Don’t give Ruben Amaro anymore bad ideas, please.

3 years 6 months ago

Monday morning zombie haze: For a split second, I thought Guthrie just got dealt for Cole Hamels.

3 years 6 months ago

Monday morning zombie haze: For a split second, I thought Guthrie just got dealt for Cole Hamels.

Hank Li
3 years 6 months ago

Chen got a chance now .

PhilR8
3 years 6 months ago

And Wada chance he’ll have!

PhilR8
3 years 6 months ago

And Wada chance he’ll have!

3 years 6 months ago

Chen was probably the #2 guy before this happened.  I guess he now has a chance to start opening day?!?!

Thomas Wilson
3 years 6 months ago

Britton

3 years 6 months ago

I’d still bet Chen.  Britton is definitely in the mix though.

Hank Li
3 years 6 months ago

no ~ I don’t think so .. He has to prove himself before becoming the Ace of Orioles.

Hank Li
3 years 6 months ago

no ~ I don’t think so .. He has to prove himself before becoming the Ace of Orioles.

Hank Li
3 years 6 months ago

Chen got a chance now .

3 years 6 months ago

This seems unnecessary for either side, doesn’t it? Baltimore gives up their only steady pitcher for a guy who was cut from the rotation and a reliever, while Colorado further depletes its bullpen depth for a 32 year old with no upside.
I find it hard to believe that either team will contend, and while I find it reasonable that the O’s move salary, I’m scratching my head about Colorado’s pick up.

Hawkeye250
3 years 6 months ago

I’m scratching my head here as well…a team that needs starters trades their most consistent one to a team that already has too many starters? Who wins here?

ld303
3 years 6 months ago

Saying “Colorado further depletes its bullpen depth” is a poor characterization of the situation.  Their bullpen is incredibly strong and deep, it’s probably the best part about the team except for Cargo and Tulo even after the Street deal and this.  They won’t miss Lindstrom much even though he was relatively good last year.

Betancourt
Beslile
Reynolds
Brothers

Are as good as any top 4 in the NL outside of San Fran and Atlanta.  The rest of the depth can be filled in by the losers of the competition for back of the rotation slots.

slasher016
3 years 6 months ago

How about Madson, Marshall, Bray, Chapman?  I’d say that’s better.  And if Chapman isn’t in the bullpen, you slot in Ondrusek, Masset, or Arredondo there.

3 years 6 months ago

For some reason the Reds never get the credit they deserve.

slasher016
3 years 6 months ago

How about Madson, Marshall, Bray, Chapman?  I’d say that’s better.  And if Chapman isn’t in the bullpen, you slot in Ondrusek, Masset, or Arredondo there.

ld303
3 years 6 months ago

Saying “Colorado further depletes its bullpen depth” is a poor characterization of the situation.  Their bullpen is incredibly strong and deep, it’s probably the best part about the team except for Cargo and Tulo even after the Street deal and this.  They won’t miss Lindstrom much even though he was relatively good last year.

Betancourt
Beslile
Reynolds
Brothers

Are as good as any top 4 in the NL outside of San Fran and Atlanta.  The rest of the depth can be filled in by the losers of the competition for back of the rotation slots.

3 years 6 months ago

If you ask me, the point is to keep the team from rushing guys to the majors.  I mean, I’m not sure why Hammel couldn’t have done that, but I understand the desire for reliable guys that can throw 200 IP to keep from calling up young pitchers too early.

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

Good point. Hamels is an innings eater.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 6 months ago

He’s never thrown over 200 innings in his career, and took a huge step back in 2011. He’s exactly what you described, but no way in hell he reaches 200 innings in the AL East when he couldn’t do it in a much weaker division, where 3 of the the divisional foes plays in pitcher friendly parks and without the DH.

3 years 6 months ago

I was referencing Guthrie who has thrown 200 IP like it’s nothing the past few years.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 6 months ago

Ah makes sense now, my mistake.

3 years 6 months ago

If you ask me, the point is to keep the team from rushing guys to the majors.  I mean, I’m not sure why Hammel couldn’t have done that, but I understand the desire for reliable guys that can throw 200 IP to keep from calling up young pitchers too early.

3 years 6 months ago

This seems unnecessary for either side, doesn’t it? Baltimore gives up their only steady pitcher for a guy who was cut from the rotation and a reliever, while Colorado further depletes its bullpen depth for a 32 year old with no upside.
I find it hard to believe that either team will contend, and while I find it reasonable that the O’s move salary, I’m scratching my head about Colorado’s pick up.

Hellobrooklyn
3 years 6 months ago

Why do the Rockies continue to move ground ball pitchers and insist on acquiring flyball/hr pitchers Don’t the know where half their games are played by now?d

Thomas Wilson
3 years 6 months ago

Hammel had similar FB% in TB before coming to Denver

Thomas Wilson
3 years 6 months ago

Hammel had similar FB% in TB before coming to Denver

Hellobrooklyn
3 years 6 months ago

Why do the Rockies continue to move ground ball pitchers and insist on acquiring flyball/hr pitchers Don’t the know where half their games are played by now?d

3 years 6 months ago

I agree with the idea of trading him but was hoping the O’s would get more for Guts.. I hope this wasn’t more about moving his salary than the players they got in return..

GoRav114
3 years 6 months ago

salary went up from 8.2 to 8.5 so that is not it. 

3 years 6 months ago

I agree with the idea of trading him but was hoping the O’s would get more for Guts.. I hope this wasn’t more about moving his salary than the players they got in return..

stovin
3 years 6 months ago

The Orioles have to find someone who can be their ace now. If they can do that this was a good trade. I see the Orioles signing Cespedes for CF and trading Jones for a ace. I think Hammel and Lindstrom will fit nicely in our bullpen.

GoRav114
3 years 6 months ago

It does seem like the obvious answer but I wouldn’t rate the chance of getting Cespedes higher than 25%, unless maybe you guarantee him he won’t be sent down but that is real risky.  Would like to see Cespedes in Center to replace Jones with getting back Jair for Ace, Prado for second, and a third pitching prospect. 

stovin
3 years 6 months ago

The Orioles have to find someone who can be their ace now. If they can do that this was a good trade. I see the Orioles signing Cespedes for CF and trading Jones for a ace. I think Hammel and Lindstrom will fit nicely in our bullpen.

3 years 6 months ago

This makes a ton of sense, because the Orioles needed veteran relievers and the Rockies needed a flyball pitcher.

Wait, what?