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Junk swap! Rockies trade Jeremy Guthrie to Royals for Jonathan Sanchez

Jul 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Imagine two families holding garage sales across the street from one another. Sunday afternoon rolls around and all the good stuff is long gone, most of the decent stuff is sold too, and only a few beat up, worn out, and largely undesirable items remain.

Someone from the first family yells across the street to the second family and says, “Hey, I’ll give you all my leftover junk for all your leftover junk.”

After thinking about it, someone from the second family replies: “OK, whatever. We were just going to throw it all out anyway, I guess.”

In related news, Jon Morosi of reports that the Rockies have traded Jeremy Guthrie and his 6.35 ERA to the Royals for Jonathan Sanchez and his 7.76 ERA.

For weeks now the Rockies have made no secret about wanting to rid themselves of Guthrie, believing he’s particularly ill-suited for Coors Field. And last week the Royals mercifully designated Sanchez for assignment after he was the worst pitcher in baseball for a dozen starts, likely only sticking with him for that long because they traded Melky Cabrera to get him this offseason.

Guthrie was a solid, durable mid-rotation starter for the Orioles as recently as last season, so it makes plenty of sense that the Royals be willing to take on his $8.2 million contract in exchange for Sanchez’s $5.6 million deal. Sanchez hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2010 and words can’t do justice to how awful he’s been this season, but from the Rockies’ point of view at least he’s the junk from across the street and once upon a time had some upside.

  1. randall351 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Going from Kaufmann Stadium to Coors Field is going to work wonders for Sanchez. *sarcasm*

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      I see what you did there…because you said it, but you didn’t mean it!!

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Guthrie might actually be serviceable in Kauf

  3. 700lb - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Watching Sanchez pitch at Coors might be worth the price of admission…

  4. hansob - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    They should have made this a 3-team deal involving Nick Blackburn.

    I think the phone call between Dayton Moore and Dan O’Dowd where this trade was consumated needs to fall under the Freedom of Information Act.

  5. bmorelikeme - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Not only are they trading junk. They both also made hugely regrettable deals last offseason with the involved players.

    Melky went to SF and remembered how to hit and Jason Hammel discovered that lifes not so bad outside Coors Field.

    Just another layer of detail that interests me for whatever reason.

    • realgone2 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Yeah 2 terrible trades and now they are washing their hands of it.

      • kopy - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Destroying the evidence so that people forget it happened.

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Why do people think Sanchez is going to give up long balls at Coors? You have to usually be able to throw (that’s what Sanchez does, throws, not pitches) the ball somewhere near the plate for it to go out.

    • minimoose763 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Well, if the count goes 3-0 when Sanchez is pitching, which it often does, he’ll be forced to throw a strike. Belt-high and right down the middle. It won’t end well.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Oh no doubt he will try to throw a strike. Of course he probably was trying the entire time that got him to 3-0 in the first place.

  7. tuftsb - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    They might get lucky and bail out a bad trade. Leibrandt for Tufts was a junk swap that worked for the Royals after a poor deal. :<)

  8. psuravens19 - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Not going to lie, that is one of the best analogies ever!

  9. sjtorpitt - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Remembered how to hit? He hit .300 in kc

  10. yahmule - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Royals win because they can stop being reminded of Melky Cabrera every time Sanchez sucks. Rockies lose because they are owned and operated by losers.

  11. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Hello Guthrie, goodbye Sanchez. He has been so bad I would have traded him for Eddie Harris, and he isnt even real!

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