The Rockies have acquired 27-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Slowey from the Twins for a player to be named later. Slowey pitched in 14 games (8 starts) for the Twins last year and he was 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He was pitching hurt most of the year, so that might explain the horrible numbers he put up. Slowey has now pitched in 100 games (90 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 39-29 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has given up 606 (84 homers) in his first 532 2/3 innings in his major league career, so he doesn’t miss a lot of bats. Slowey minimizes the damage by not walking many batters (84 in his career) while still getting his fair share of strikeouts (395). I like this pickup for the Rockies as Slowey could be a decent starter at the back end of the rotation in 2012.
UPDATE: (12/8/2011) – The Rockies have sent 25-year old righty reliever Daniel Turpen to the Twins to complete this deal. Turpen pitched in 48 games (1 start) in AA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 2-4 with 11 saves, a 4.83 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. I really like this deal for the Rockies now.