A few days ago we heard that the Rockies could end up looking for pitching help later this summer, and today Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post reports that the team has started calling other clubs to "gauge the market" for rotation help. GM Dan O'Dowd believes the team needs some reinforcements for their starting staff, echoing something Todd Helton said recently.
Colorado lost Jorge de la Rosa to Tommy John surgery earlier this year, and Jhoulys Chacin (2.71 ERA) is their only current starter with an ERA under 4.00. Jason Hammel (4.13 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (4.50 ERA) have both been up and down, while Aaron Cook (4.67 ERA) is struggling with his trademark sinker. Recent call-up Juan Nicasio (4.71 ERA) is searching for his secondary pitches after skipping over Triple-A. Swingman Clayton Mortensen has a 4.71 ERA in five starts and a 1.65 ERA in six relief appearances.
MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes recently previewed the trade market for starting pitchers.