Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Could the Rox deal for a starter?
By Doug Mittler
Getting a good free agent pitcher to work at Coors Field is never easy. And even when the Rockies worked out a deal, the results could be disastrous (see Mike Hampton).
Colorado had a 5.22 team ERA, the worst in the majors last season, and remains in search of pitching help. The Rockies have given no hint they are interested in Kyle Lohse, but they could consider adding a starting pitcher via the trade market.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com suggests the Rockies have a deep enough roster of position players to work out a deal. There is a particular surplus behind the plate, where the Rockies have Wilin Rosario, Ramon Hernandez and Jordan Pacheco on the team’s 40-man roster and Yorvit Torrealba in camp as a non-roster invitee.
Rosenthal says Hernandez, earning $3.2 million, is the catcher the Rockies are most willing to deal. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned as a team with pitching surplus, but it remains to be seen if they would be willing to deal within the NL West.