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The Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie to the Rockies

Feb 6, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles and Rockies have agreed to a trade:  Jeremy Guthrie goes to Colorado in exchange for right-handers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.

Guthrie has been the subject of trade rumors since — I think — the William McKinley administration.  He’s been with the O’s for five seasons. In two of those he led the league in losses, so that’s special. Last year he had an ERA of 4.33 in 32 starts. He’s really durable, though, pitching more than 200 innings for the past three seasons.

Lindstrom had his best season as a major leaguer coming out of the Rockies’ pen last season, appearing in 63 games and posting an ERA of 3.00.  Hammel appeared in 32 games, starting 27 of them, going 7-13 with an ERA of 4.76.  In many respects he’s a poor-man’s Guthrie.

Like, literally a poor-man’s Guthire, as Jeremy was poised to make either $7.25 million or $10.25 million after his arbitration hearing this month. Now that’s Colorado’s problem, as Rosenthal reports that he has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockies.

UPDATE: The deal is for $8.25 million.

  1. lapsncaps - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    As an O’s fan, I really do not like this trade. We traded someone who would be a very solid #3 pitcher on any team not the O’s for a terrible starter and an OK relief pitcher. If this was really the best deal on the table, I would have rather kept Guts until the trade deadline.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Actually Craig, Guthrie had been rumored to be traded since the “Dewey” administration.

  3. bobwheel - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    So at least he won’t be drilling Yankee hitter on a regular basis anymore…

    • baseballisboring - Feb 7, 2012 at 4:09 AM

      bummer. at least there’s still interleague play.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    I thought this would be a partial salary dump for Baltimore, but Hammel and Lindstrom basically make, combined, what Guthrie likely will. I don’t think it’s a BAD trade for anyone, it’s just kind of…meh.

  5. spudchukar - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Hard to see how this improves the O’s. Lindstrom can certainly bring the heat, but has generally been a set-up guy, with a history of arm trouble. Even if he becomes their closer, it is hard to see how this move makes any difference for Baltimore.

    For the pitching starved Rockies, Guthrie is an improvement, and since he pitched in the bandbox in Baltimore, the move to Coors shouldn’t prove to be much of a detriment.

  6. jeb7524 - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    As a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan now living in Baltimore(and old enough to remember the 1979 World Series), I think the Orioles are following in the Pirates organizational footsteps. Meaningless trades, wasted money on aging veterans (thanks for the season Vlad), great ball parks, and losing season after losing season. I reside in a virtual baseball hell.

  7. mjay424 - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    This is a very interesting trade in some respects.

    One school of thought might be why either side made it at all as Baltimore had a solid no. 3-4 starter and the Rockies had a starter who is better than he pitched last year and a reliever who had a strong performance. On the other hand, the O’s now get a starter and a reliever who rebounded in 2011 while the Rockies get that innings-eating starter they’ve craved this offseason, one who they feel they can trust to help them right away, especially while Jorge De La Rosa continues his healing from surgery and Juan Nicasio gets his feet wet again after a near-fatal injury.

    Colorado would seem to have the lower of the risks of this trade and the higher ceiling. Only time, of course, will tell which team, and it might be both or neither, benefits most.

    Rockies’ Analyst

  8. boh930 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    -O’s fans everywhere

    Guth was easily the most likable Oriole over the past 5 years. Great guy. Why would the organization deprive the fan base of one of its favorites for Hammel and Lindstrom?? Time to order a Bryce Harper jersey and wait out the life of Peter Angelos. Truly a sickening day.

  9. pisano - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    As a Yankee fan this doesn’t hurt my feelings at all, when this guy is on he can be tough. Good luck with the Rockies.

  10. rhandome - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Odd trade. Basically an innings-eater for an innings-eater. Meh.

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