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Rockies acquire Brett Anderson from A’s

Dec 10, 2013, 4:43 PM EST

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All the Brett Anderson rumors can stop swirling now: Oakland has traded the left-hander to Colorado in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Chris Jensen, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Anderson has been mostly injured since mid-2011, throwing just 80 innings during the past two seasons, but he’s still just 25 years old and before the injuries he’d emerged as one of the best young left-handed starters in baseball. He’ll be under the Rockies’ control through 2015, but his salaries are pretty big and trying to get his career back on track calling Coors Field home will be a huge challenge.

Pomeranz came to Colorado from Cleveland in mid-2011 as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, but his stock has dropped significantly since then and he spent most of this year at Triple-A as a 24-year-old. He no longer necessarily projects as a top-of-the-rotation starter, but Pomeranz’s strikeout rates remain very promising and getting away from Coors Field helps his long-term outlook a ton.

Jensen was the Rockies’ sixth-round pick in 2011 and spent this year at high Single-A, logging 152 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 136/39 K/BB ratio as a 22-year-old.

  1. APBA Guy - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Good luck to Mr. Anderson. In the immortal words of Lou Brown from Major League:

    “Forget about the curve ball (Mr. Anderson), give him the heater.”

    • historiophiliac - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Now he can rehab at home if he needs to.

  2. Kevin S. - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    That’s it? It’s not as light a return as on the Fister trade, but geez, I would have gambled on Anderson’s health for two meh prospects.

  3. rollinnumbers - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    more pitching prospects for the A’s? who the heck is the DH?

    • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Cespedes/Crisp/Callaspo/Moss

  4. dhalb34 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I like this trade. A’s had to build some organizational pitching depth. The A’s are great at building up young pitchers. Straily is a great example. GO A’S!

  5. nymets4ever - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Watch Pomeranz flourish as soon as he dons the green and gold.

    • hittfamily - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      And then brown on days that it rains and they’re serving burrito’s in the coliseum cafeteria.

  6. yahmule - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Pomeranz has poor BABIPs, but I think that’s because he’s easy to square up. His curveball is supposed to be his number two pitch, but its nothing special and he doesn’t command it well. Quite possible the better pitching environment will help him significantly, but I see him as a back of the rotation type at best.

  7. dengefever63 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    ahh Colorado where pitching careers go to die….

  8. JP - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Pomeranz is truly awful – the Ubaldo trade has proven to be a total disaster for Colorado. For once, I feel like the Rockies aren’t getting totally fleeced.

    • dinofrank60 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      Don’t tell me Beane has done it again?????

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