The deal for Guthrie, the Orioles’ Opening Day starter three of the past four seasons, was first reported by The Baltimore Sun. Guthrie lost 17 games last season, the most in the American League, and finished with a 4.33 ERA.
Guthrie, who turns 33 in April, agreed to a one-year, $8.2 million contract with the Rockies, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla. He’s eligible to become a free agent after the season.
“Negotiations with the Orioles were steady yet slow, and an arbitration hearing seemed possible and even likely,” Guthrie’s agent Brodie Van Wagenen said, according to The Sun. “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.”
Guthrie, pitching the past five seasons for Orioles teams that finished in or near the AL East basement, has a 47-65 career record with a 4.19 ERA over eight seasons with the Orioles and Cleveland Indians.
“‘Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Baltimore anymore.’ Just found out I was traded to @Rockies,” read a post on Guthrie’s Twitter page.
Another post on Guthrie’s page read: “Head is spinning, not sure where to start-but will go w/a heartfelt THANK YOU to the @Orioles & AMAZING fans who’ve supported me & the team.”
The acquisition of Guthrie gives the Rockies another experienced arm in their rotation, especially with lefty Jorge De La Rosa still mending after elbow surgery that sidelined him last season.
Guthrie will be in the mix to start on Opening Day along with hard-throwing righty Jhoulys Chacin, the ace of the staff last season. Chacin is part of the Rockies’ young stable of arms, which also includes Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, who were acquired in the deal last summer that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians.
The presence of Guthrie may also save some wear and tear on the bullpen, given that he’s logged at least 200 innings for the Orioles in each of the past three seasons.
Colorado has been steadily stockpiling potential starters all winter. Last month, the team traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Guillermo Moscoso and lefty Josh Outman.
Hammel and Lindstrom join an Orioles pitching staff that was dead last in the majors in team ERA (4.89) and 29th of 30 teams in batting average allowed (.277).
Hammel was solid for the Rockies last season as he was shuffled between the bullpen and the rotation. He was 7-13 with a 4.67 ERA in 32 appearances.
Lindstrom is a former closer whom the Rockies relied on to bridge the gap to their late-inning relievers. He went 2-2 with a career-best 3.00 ERA in his first season in Denver.
To make room on their roster, the Orioles designated lefty Clay Rapada for assignment.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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