Rockies Upgrade With Guthrie Addition

Rockies Upgrade With Guthrie Addition

A trade for Jeremy Guthrie isn't a deal that's going to make a big splash. His time in Baltimore left him with a lackluster win-loss record and he pitched in a very difficult ballpark to succeed in. But, on Monday, the Colorado Rockies landed Guthrie in exchange for Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel, and in doing so may have very quietly made a major move to upgrade their rotation.

Jeremy Guthrie is not the pitcher that his record says he is over the past few years. He's not a 9-17 pitcher and that will show when he pitches for what figures to be a better team than he's use to in Colorado. When you also take into account some of the lineups he no longer has to face, namely the Yankees' and Red Sox, that also would indicate an uptick in his overall numbers in the National League in 2012.

The 32-year-old Guthrie has arguably been Baltimore's ace for a few years now. Clearly he's not that type of pitcher in terms of pure talent, but what he does give the Rockies is a very good number two or three starter. He's going to give them 200 innings, most likely with an ERA hovering somewhere around 4. His 91-94 mph fastball and sharp slider should also allow him to miss a decent amount of bats against National League opposition.

As for the talent headed in the other direction, Baltimore did not get enough for such an accomplished big league inning eater. Matt Lindstorm and his blazing fastball will give them a significant boost in the bullpen, and Jason Hammel gives them some possible help at the back of their rotation. But, not landing any sort of you talent in return for your best starting pitcher has to make your scratch your head somewhat. A team in rebuilding mode has to get some young talent in this type of deal.

This is not to say that Baltimore should have received top flight prospects for Guthrie. Admittedly, he's not that type of pitcher. But, pitchers who toss over 600 innings in three seasons don't grow on trees, and he's going to give a significant boost to Colorado's rotation for a very low cost.

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