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Rockies looking at starting pitching market

Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 7:22 pm
 
Sanchez

By Evan Brunell

The Rockies were supposed to have a deep rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa and Jhoulys Chacin all playing integral roles with Jason Hammel and Aaron Cook serving as capable back-of-the-rotation starters.

Except Jimenez has been touch-and-go, De La Rosa was lost to Tommy John surgery earlier in the season and despite Hammel's strong 4.13 ERA, his peripherals have taken a step back. That's required Cook and Juan Nicasio to play more prominent roles and to no one's surprise, they aren't quite delivering. That's led Colorado to start poking around the starting pitching market, the Denver Post reports.

If Cook and Nicasio can turn their seasons around, Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd could dial back his pursuit of a starter, but that's unlikely. The problem facing Colorado is that the market is thin. There are many teams still in the hunt for a postseason spot which narrows the pool of candidates. That jacks up the prices of pitchers who could be traded.

The Post names Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers as two pitchers the Astros will discuss. Affecting Houston's flexibility is the fact that new owner Jim Crane is not expected to take over the team by the trade deadline. That's a tough job for GM Ed Wade. The Astros need to rebuild, but can the club really engineer a rebuilding effort before Crane officially takes over?

Carlos Zambrano remains perpetually available, but the most attractive pitcher on the market has to be Anibal Sanchez. While the 27-year-old isn't available just yet, the thinking is that he could be traded if the Marlins continue sinking into the abyss. The right-hander makes $3.7 million and will enter his final year of arbitration after the season. No wonder he's available from the tightfisted Marlins club.

If Sanchez does indeed become available, he'll likely be the best pitcher available, more so than Rodriguez. While shoulder issues have plagued Sanchez over his career, he's also posted a 2.62 ERA over 16 starts and made a full 32 starts last season with a 3.55 ERA. His health may be a risk, but he's got 300 1/3 innings over the last year and a half that speaks to his recent durability. The chance to acquire a frontline ace is rare, and Sanchez is pitching like one this season. There won't be any shortage of contenders, and the Yankees especially would likely love to get their hands on the ex-Red Sox prospect.

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Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:46 am
 

Rockies looking at starting pitching market

Zambrano I believe has a player option for 2013, at or around 19 mil. which obviously kills many teams from trading for him, unless the Cub throw in maybe half the money...He's a gamer but has lost nearly 10 mph off of the heater over the years. I see him eventually going to the Yanks who need starters but even they might balk at giving Big Z over 40mil til that contract expires.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:41 am
 

Rockies looking at starting pitching market

Adding a left hander would be great. Losing De LaRosa was big, In a year where Jimenez has not lived up to expectations and losing DeLaRosa, an arm is needed. Relying on a rookie or a beat down arm like Cook will not propel this team to the playoffs. But before people scream about opening up the checkbook or trading away too many prospects, remember most of our starters are home grown, not overspending to bring in arms like we did for Bill Swift, Mike Hampton or Denny Neagle.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Rockies looking at starting pitching market

As a denver native and the rox being my  2nd favorite team, STRATING PITCHING HAS BEEN AN ISSUE FOR THIS CLUB FOR nearly 2 decades now. I know management is leery about paying a high price for pitching but dammit sometimes you gotta gamble in the majors. Grow a pair and put up some bucks colorado. The rox have always had a decent line up, but the pitching is never there. When this team gets it's act together on the mound watch out!!!.  Make some moves O'Dowd and CO, you just got to a WS in 07 the fans are still interested so make us happy and at least try harder to get winners here.

Go Rockies! Go phillies!



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Rockies looking at starting pitching market

As a denver native and the rox being my  2nd favorite team, STRATING PITCHING HAS BEEN AN ISSUE FOR THIS CLUB FOR nearly 2 decades now. I know management is leery about paying a high price for pitching but dammit sometimes you gotta gamble in the majors. Grow a pair and put up some bucks colorado. The rox have always had a decent line up, but the pitching is never there. When this team gets it's act together on the mound watch out!!!.  Make some moves O'Dowd and CO, you just got to a WS in 07 the fans are still interested so make us happy and at least try harder to get winners here.

Go Rockies! Go phillies!



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Rockies looking at starting pitching market

Mets should trade Pelfrey to the Rockies


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