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Rockies “aggressively trying to trade” Jeremy Guthrie

Jun 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jeremy Guthrie has been a mess for the Rockies with a 7.02 ERA and league-high 15 homers allowed in 13 starts after they acquired him from the Orioles in February, and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’re “aggressively trying to trade” the veteran right-hander.

According to Renck the Blue Jays are among the teams interested and are willing to take on most of Guthrie’s bloated $8.2 million salary while giving up an undisclosed prospect. Ken Rosenthal of names Double-A first baseman Mike McDade as a possibility.

Guthrie was a decent enough mid-rotation starter in Baltimore, throwing 983 innings with a 4.12 ERA in five seasons, but between his $8.2 million salary and tendency to serve up tons of homers he was an odd fit for the Rockies and Coors Field.

To make matters worse the Rockies traded Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom to get Guthrie. Lindstrom has been on the disabled list for a month, but Hammel has come out of nowhere to rank among the top starters in the league with a 2.87 ERA and 77/29 K/BB ratio in 82 innings.

Toronto has lost Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek, and Drew Hutchison to injuries this month, so the Blue Jays’ interest in Guthrie as an innings-eating rotation reinforcement makes some sense even if their reported willingness to pay $5 million and a decent prospect for a guy with a 7.02 ERA doesn’t.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    He might do decently in a pitchers park like PNC, plus the pirates wouldn’t have to give up much.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Rockies: “Hi Toronto. I understand that you need some starting pitchers. How about Guthrie?”

    Jays: “LOL! Guthrie is 3 & 6 with an ERA of 7.02. His career record is 50 & 71. He was 9 & 17 last year”

    Rockies: “He has proven that he can pitch in the AL East.”

    Jays: “He has proven that he can lose a lot of games in the AL East.”

    Rockies: “We would pay most of his salary and it would only cost you Mike McDade.”

    Jays: “Dream on! Big Mike just turned 23 and projects to be a slugging first baseman. We think that he will be ML ready by the break next year. Click!”

    Rockies to the Media: We are discussing a trade of Guthrie with the Jays.

    • redguy12588 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Do all Canadians consider pitcher wins and losses a meaningful stat?

      • cur68 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        I think, the wins/losses with that bloated ERA and long familiarity with the AL Beast eating Guthrie’s pitching alive is what most Canadians think of as a “meaningful stat”. But hey, feel free to parse the out of context point that supports your jab at my countryman. No one’ll notice that you did.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        If I had a choice between 2 pitchers with nearly identical ERA’s, I would easily go with the guy who had the best win/loss ratio. Some pitchers who sport a decent ERA just can’t buy a win. I do not want those guys on my team. Somehow they put their own hitters to sleep and get little run support.

        The story itself was obviously leaked by Colorado. AA does not leak anything. If the story had legs, it would have been consummated rather than leaked.

    • alang3131982 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Last I checked, Guthrie does not have a bloated ERA in the AL east. He has a 4.12 ERA over his time there, which translates to a 106 ERA+. So, go ahead and take the losses and 59 IPs this year as meaningful stats, they are certainly way more relevant than 1,000 IPs…

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        Yeah, who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin’ freakin’ eyes?

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    After fleecing the Indians last year in the Ubaldo trade, Colorado clearly believes they now can perform the Jedi Mind Trick to dump any lousy pitching.

    • pharmerbrown - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      yeah, but at least ubaldo had a great half-season behind him. Guthrie? Not so much.

  4. spellingcops - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    At least the Rockies traded a guy that just threw a one hitter for this bum. Good call.

  5. buffalo65 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    As a jays fan I have no problem with this deal. Guthrie was decent with Baltimore just a bad fit with colorado. A nothing prospect for a starter….sure why not.

  6. bmorelikeme - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    And to think I was crying in my cereal the day the O’s traded him away, shows what I know.

    Makes sense he’s struggled in Coors. He’s was always prone to the longball during his time with the O’s. Regardless, Guthrie is one of the classiest people in baseball and I’d have in back in bawlmore if they’d accept a B level prospect.

  7. mjay424 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Jeremy Guthrie has minimal trade value, based on this season, but his resume shows he is better than he’s showing. If he’s not hurt, and I believe that is a possibility, then getting out of Colorado will help him produce a much better level.

    Other pitchers have left and succeeded, to varying degrees – Jason Hammel, Franklin Morales and Pedro Strop for example and I might be forgetting others.

    The Rockies have no leverage now and desperately want to dump salary so they will offer front-door delivery to rid themselves of Guthrie, who, based on his past, is worth a pitching prospect capable of being a back-end starter.

    Colorado Rockies Prospects Report

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Sending a decent pitching prospect to Colorado is “cruel and unusual punishment”.

  8. rockthered1286 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Guthrie is 2012’s version of Eric Bedard in 2009. O’s trade away a pitcher who other teams feel can be great with a change of scenery and the O’s end up a winner in both deals (Hammel and Adam Jones).

    Unfortunately I don’t foresee the Rockies being able to dump that salary.

  9. davidjarka - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Whenever a rumor about the Blue Jays comes out under Alex Anthopoulos, 9 times out of 10, it doesn’t happen or the opposite happens.

  10. yahmule - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Another sucky acquisition by Dan O’Dowd, the suckiest suck that ever sucked.

  11. stackers1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    The man for the Jays is Freddie Garcia. He did a decent job for the Yankees last year & can eat innings. He’s got to be better than Guthrie.

  12. aswaim3 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I think my Rockies should dump this guy for anything. He’s not doing well and taking up a spot for a guy like Moscoso or Pomeranz in the rotation.

    I really think trading Guthrie, along with getting De La Rosa, Chacin, and Nicasio back, will help our rotation severely.

    Moscoso, White, Chacin, Nicasio, and JDLR have proved, to me clearly, they are the best 5 pitchers on the roster (Moscoso only in the past week or so). So why keep throwing Friedrich to the wolves at home, or castrating Outman over and over again? Or running Guthrie out when he sarcastically taunts our fans?

    I think this rotation will get really good, really fast if we can do some turnover.

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