Orioles send Guthrie to Rockies
The Orioles dealt their top starter on Monday morning, sending veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies in what is believed to be a trade for for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.
The deal which was first reported by the Baltimore Sun, was confirmed to MLB.com by a baseball source, and didn’t take long to reach Guthrie. The outgoing pitcher took to his Twitter page to say, “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Baltimore anymore.” Just found out I was traded to [the] Rockies.”
The 32-year-old Guthrie was last year’s Opening Day starter and has posted three consecutive 200-inning seasons. He went 9-17 last year with a 4.33 ERA, leading the American League in losses, and ends his Baltimore career 47-65 with a 4.12 ERA. Guthrie will be a free agent after the 2012 season. Since the Orioles’ 40-man roster was at capacity, the team also designated left-handed reliever Clay Rapada for assignment to make room for the new additions.
Hammel, who was drafted and started his big league career with the Rays, is coming off a 2011 season in which he went 7-13 with a 4.76 ERA in 32 games (27 starts.) He will join an already-crowded rotation competition in Baltimore that includes Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Dana Eveland, Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada among others.
Lindstrom went 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA and two saves in 63 games for Colorado last season and will give the Orioles another late-inning arm for the bullpen. In parts of five Major League seasons, Lindstrom is 12-15 with a 3.81 ERA and 45 saves.
The Orioles were set to go to arbitration with Guthrie on Monday –he was asking for more than $10 million– but as a sign of good faith the right-hander agreed to a one-year deal with Colorado immediately after being dealt.
“Jeremy is excited to join the Rockies and I see this as a positive result for all parties,” Guthrie’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball said in an email. “Negotiations with the Orioles were steady yet slow and an arbitration hearing seemed possible and even likely. Once informed of the trade, Jeremy decided to make a showing of good faith and agreed to a deal within the Rockies’ payroll structure, since he felt it important that his relationship with his new team get off on the right foot. Jeremy is excited about a fresh start with a new organization and a contending team close to home.”