It is no secret that the Colorado Rockies are searching for pitching, and they have their sights set on two pitchers at the moment. Both Derek Lowe and Carl Pavano have drawn interest from the Rockies as they attempt to revamp a staff that helped allow an MLB–worst 890 runs last season.
Lowe, 39, has drawn a bit of interest from several clubs and has been a target of the Rockies for a while now. He struggled last year as a starter with the Cleveland Indians, and was designated for assignment before being picked up by the New York Yankees and finding some success out of the bullpen.
Lowe posted a 5.11 ERA in 38 games (21 starts) with 55 strikeouts and 51 walks. However, when he became a reliever he saw his WHIP, ERA, and strikeout to walk ratio all improve. He had a 41:45 K/BB ratio as a starter, and improved to a 14:6 K/BB ratio out of the bullpen.
Pavano only appeared in 11 games last season with the Minnesota Twins and was not very effective. He posted a 6.00 ERA and allowed 80 hits in 63 innings. Pavano has not had much sustained success throughout his career as he has spent a lot of time on the disabled list, and when he has been healthy, he hasn’t exactly been someone who can be expected to lead a staff.
The Rockies are also interested to see what Brandon Webb has left, if anything, after being out of baseball since 2009. The Rockies also added Chris Volstad recently in hopes that he can provide some quality innings.
Right now, the only MLB rumors surrounding the Rockies seem to be surrounding aging pitchers who might only offer one year of mediocre pitching when the Rockies need youth in the rotation. However, the Rockies did not make any concerted effort to sign any big-name free agents.
The Rockies are hoping to be able to have at least one more pitcher under contract by the end of the week. Right now it looks like Lowe might be the one that gets the nod.