The Rockies have acquired 26-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel in return for 21-year old righty Aneury Rodriguez. Hammel will likely join the rotation for the Rockies at the outset of the 2009 season. Hammel pitched in 40 games (5 starts) for the Rays last season and he was 4-4 with 2 saves, a 4.60 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. He has now pitched in 73 games (28 starts) in his major league career and he is 7-15 with 2 saves, a 5.90 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He does have good stuff so the Rockies are banking on him improving in 2009. Aneury Rodriguez was the #16 prospect in the Rockies’ minor league system according to Baseball America. Rodriguez pitched in 27 games (all starts) in A-ball last year and he was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.