Wait! Someone actually wants Jonathan Sanchez?
Apparently, the Colorado Rockies think they can figure him out.
This morning, while Toronto and Houston were trading ten players, the KC Royals and Rockies were busy swapping struggling starters. The Royals sent the lefty Sanchez to the Rockies for right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Guthrie has bombed in Colorado this season after being traded there from Baltimore. Outside of Coors Field, he has a 3.67 ERA (not bad). He is also more familiar with the American League. I think Guthrie can pitch better than he has so far in 2012 and he is a innings eater (at least he was in the past).
Plus, he’s a pretty good guy and teammate and won’t hurt the clubhouse atmosphere. He may actually help it.
The Rockies will save $1.1 million, though they are gaining a headache. The Rockies pitching has been atrocious all season long, even with them going to a four-man rotation with a 75 pitch limit. Sanchez usually uses up that many pitches over about three innings (or less).
Maybe Sanchez can rediscover his 2010 form pitching in the National League West again? Maybe not and he’ll just add to their pitching woes.
Guthrie last pitched on July 18th, so he probably won’t start until next week. In his last two road starts (at St. Louis and Washington), he allowed four runs on 12 hits over 12 innings while striking out five.