With two franchise players under the age of 28, the Rockies should be labeled as legitimate NL West competitors each and every season, but that has hardly been the case. Instead, Colorado routinely disappoints and finishes toward the bottom of their division. One of the Rockies’ biggest weaknesses over the years has been spotty starting pitching. And playing in the hitter-friendly Coors Field, it’s very difficult to lure top-notch free agents to the thin Denver air.
Needless to say, in an attempt to solidify their starting rotation Colorado traded for Brett Anderson on Tuesday as the Rockies surrendered minor league pitcher Chris Jansen and underachieving reliever Drew Pomeranz. Anderson has hardly lived up to expectations with just 22 starts in the last two years combined, but he still can give the Rockies’ abysmal pitching staff a lift in 2014.
Hopefully the change of scenery can spark some magic for the talented Anderson. The last time we say the left hander on top of his game was at the tail end of the 2012 season. Anderson came of the disabled list that summer and finished the year 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA as the Oakland Athletics historically caught the Texas Rangers on the last day of the season.
If Anderson comes to the Rockies with good health then this is a beautiful move for Colorado. Even still, no Rockies fan should feel comfortable with just the Anderson trade, as the Colorado pitching staff has plenty of holes.