Rockies still looking for starting pitching
January, 18, 2013
By Jason A. Churchill | ESPN Insider
The Colorado Rockies have been linked to starting pitching for some time now -- going on two years, including their trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for Alex White and Drew Pomeranz -- and that search continues this winter.
The club showed interest in right-handers Kyle McClellan and Aaron Cook before each signed elsewhere, and still have right-handers Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens and Brandon Webb in their cross hairs, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Lowe had told clubs he wants to start, rather than serve as a reliever and has drawn interest from five clubs, while Webb is expected to throw for scouts sometime soon. Freddy Garcia has also been a name linked with the Rockies.
Jurrjens has battled some injury issues throughout his career, but was healthy enough to be asked to throw 120 2/3 innings in 2012, most of which came in Triple-A. He struggled, serving up 18 long balls between the minors and big leagues, and his strikeout rate dipped. If he's fully healthy, there's a good chance for a bounce-back season for Jurrjens, whuch could make him a bargain.