The Colorado Rockies acquired pitcher Jeremy Guthrie this past off-season to be an innings eater for a team that lacked pitching depth. Guthrie hasn’t lived up to that expectation only pitching into the seventh inning three times in ten starts this season.
Due to the poor performances, especially his last three starts (0-3, 13.50 ERA, 11.1 IP), the Rockies have begun shopping Guthrie and have received the most interest from the Toronto Blue Jays. It also makes the most sense for Toronto to make a play for Guthrie.
The possible trade scenario would be this: Rockies would send Guthrie to Toronto in return for Double-A first baseman Mike McDade. The Blue Jays would also absorb $4.9 million on his one-year $8.2 million arbitration contract.
Toronto is in dire need of a starting pitcher after a rash of injuries have plagued their rotation. Guthrie also has experience pitching in the American League East dating back to his days with the Baltimore Orioles so he would be familiar with the division.
McDade is a young player, who just turned 23, and he can hit for power. The 6-foot-1, 250 pound infielder is hitting .305 with 11 HR’s and a .385 OBP in 65 games this season.
Colorado has been looking to trade Guthrie ever since his odd behavior and rough outing in his last home start at Coors Field. Guthrie tipped his cap twice, in the first and third innings, as the crowd booed him off of the field. He said he was frustrated with himself and not the boos. However, he did say after the game that the altitude of Coors has affected his pitches more than he anticipated and it seems to have become a mind over matter issue.
Look for the Rockies to become big sellers at the trade deadline as they continue to fall in the standings. Something has to change for a team that had such high expectations just a season ago.