Rockies Acquire Drew Stubbs For Josh Outman

12:41pm: Cleveland will receive left-hander Josh Outman from the Rockies in the trade, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post (Twitter link).

Outman, 29, pitched to a 4.33 ERA with 8.8 K/9, 3.8 BB/9 and a 51.3 percent ground-ball rate in 54 innings for the Rockies this past season. Formerly a starting pitcher, Outman converted to the bullpen on a full-time basis for the first time in 2013. Outman averaged 92.4 mph on his heater and held lefties to a minuscule .198/.278/.261 batting line.

MLBTR's Matt Swartz projects Outman to earn $1.4MM in 2013. He will give new manager Terry Francona a second left-handed option in the bullpen along with Marc Rzepczynski.

12:14pm: The Rockies are acquiring Drew Stubbs from the Indians, sources tell Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link) and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  The Tribe can afford to part with Stubbs thanks to their outfield surplus, which includes Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley, David Murphy, and Ryan Raburn.

We heard back in November that multiple teams approached Cleveland with interest in Stubbs.  The 29-year-old hit just .233/.305/.360 in 2013 but is projected to earn $3.8MM in arbitration this offseason by MLBTR's Matt Swartz.  Still, Stubbs offers quality defense, power and speed, and  he's capable of handling all three outfield positions.

Stubbs, like the newly-acquired Brandon Barnes, is better versus lefties than righties, Rosenthal notes (link).  The plan is still for Carlos Gonzalez to go to center field but the Rockies are collecting athletic outfielders that should give them a solid supporting cast in 2014.


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46 Comments on "Rockies Acquire Drew Stubbs For Josh Outman"


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KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

Depending what they gave up, I like this move for the Rox. Can put him in CF against LHP moving Cargo to LF on those days.

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Tim Uglow
1 year 6 months ago

be prepared to c a strike out 40%of the time

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Farmer Tan Colin!
1 year 6 months ago

30% K rate…but he’s shown a good career BB%, adds runs from base running and can add runs in defense. Career 800ish OPS against lefties. He’s not an everyday guy but there is value here.

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JordanSwingman
1 year 6 months ago

Interesting, could be good for Stubbs to get back into a hitters ballpark again, but I don’t see him doing much to be honest.

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Henry Thibaut
1 year 6 months ago

If you thought he struck out a lot before, wait until he’s overswinging in that thin Denver air!

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-C
1 year 6 months ago

That’s a little two-dimensional. Stubbs hits fastballs just fine, and breaking pitches experience much less movement at altitude. This change should cut down his strikeouts and whiffs.

-C

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Henry Thibaut
1 year 6 months ago

It was a joke… not an analysis of Stubbs hitting in thin air.

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Henry Thibaut
1 year 6 months ago

It was a joke… not an analysis of Stubbs hitting in thin air.

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Henry Thibaut
1 year 6 months ago

If you thought he struck out a lot before, wait until he’s overswinging in that thin Denver air!

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Greg Gabrielsen
1 year 6 months ago

I keep reading that last line as “…the Rockies collecting athletic supporters for 2014…”

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vtadave
1 year 6 months ago

They might be better off if they did…

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David Ellinwood
1 year 6 months ago

Seems to be all they got in return for Dexter Fowler.