The Colorado Rockies are trying to improve their standing with the National League West division this week at the MLB Winter Meetings and this entire offseason. They took a nice step towards probably doing that when they acquired Brett Anderson from the Oakland Athletics. That is good for them but even better for the A’s as they were able to get a nice potential return for one of the starters they no longer needed.
Billy Beane is a master at making a good baseball team out there in Oakland where the funds aren’t as plentiful as they are around the larger market teams. This is exactly the kind of quiet deal that shows how great he is at his job. He flipped a starter in Anderson that had problems on top of his potential. He could right the ship but he might struggle for a while.
In return for Anderson leaving the A’s received two minor league pitchers; a lefty Drew Pomeranz a righty Chris Jensen. Jensen is just finishing a season that saw a higher ERA but his strikeout total went way up and his potential is rising. Pomeranz is someone that has a ton of potential but is yet to show it on the mound.
Basically Beane flipped a MLB starter who has potential to pitch better than he is for two younger starters who also have potential to pitch better in the future. Obviously because Beane has two that are young and still developing skills instead of the one MLB ready starter that has struggled, he has a much better chance of seeing success. And that, ladies and gentlemen is how its done.