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.”

 

5 Comments

Now we’re talking Dan. We give up a goog guy who threw a lot of innings but they were losing innings and at 32 it probably wasn’t going to be any better as he aged. We definitely need both a starter and a late inning guy in the pen. Now how about moving Gregg and Jones for a big time 3rd baseman. maybe throw in Bergesen and Birkin or Patton or Britton and get Votto. Doin’t stop now Dan. This could be a fun spring for a change. Go O’s. O’s4ever

I agree with dumping Gregg and trading Bergesen, Berken and/or Patton but you don’t trade away a talents like Jones or Britton. Get Jones signed to a long term contract and get Britton into that rotation. Jones gets better every year and it appears that the trend will continue. I have a feeling that trading Britton would be a repeat of when the Orioles traded Curt Schilling – remember that “bad trade”?? It’s good to “not stop now” but lets not get crazy or desperate PLEASE.

I agree with dumping Gregg and trading Bergesen, Berken and/or Patton but you don’t trade away a talents like Jones or Britton. Get Jones signed to a long term contract and get Britton into that rotation. Jones gets better every year and it appears that the trend will continue. I have a feeling that trading Britton would be a repeat of when the Orioles traded Curt Schilling – remember that “bad trade”?? It’s good to “not stop now” but lets not get crazy or desperate PLEASE. Oh I almost forgot – good luck Jeremy.

That’s what’s great about throwing out ideas on trades to see what people are thinking. Just remember they said we were crazy trading for that old man from Cincinnati what was his name again that Hall of Famer and Greatest player in Oriole history. Frank uh something oh yea Robinson. You never know. To get a great player you have to trade potential greatness sometimes. it’s all a crap shoot till they perform for years anyway. You might want to consider that Jones may not want to stay here anyway. The young arms Matusz, Britton, Patton Tillman and Arietta pick one and add Jones and get a quality difference maker like Votto for the infield. We have outfielders. O’s4ever

Sure it would be nice to have a Joey Votto but is he near free agency or signed long term? If he is close to being ready to go the free agent route, do you really think that Angelos is going to shell out the amount of money it would take to keep him in Baltimore? If so, please wake up and join reality. Put Reynolds at 1st base, find a 3rd baseman and sign Jones long term. Guaranteed it will be cheaper then resigning Votto.

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