The Colorado Rockies have acquired 32-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from the Orioles for 29-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel and 31-year old righty reliever Matt Lindstrom. Guthrie pitched in 34 games (32 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-17 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has now pitched in 177 games (154 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 47-65 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Guthrie will immediately become the Rockies’ #2 starter behind Jhoulys Chacin when the 2012 season starts, as he is that good. I think he can win around 15 games for the Rockies in 2012.
Jason Hammel pitched in 32 games (27 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 7-13 with 1 save, a 4.76 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He pitched in 96 games (87 starts) in his three years with the Rockies and he was 27-30 with 1 save, a 4.63 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Guthrie will be a huge upgrade on Hammel in 2012. Matt Lindstrom pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-2 with 2 saves, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Lindstrom pitched pretty well for the Rockies last year, but the Rockies didn’t hesitate including him in this deal to secure getting Jeremy Guthrie.
This was a very good deal for the Rockies, as they have pretty much rebuilt the starting rotation for 2012.