The Colorado Rockies made an excellent choice to take a gamble on Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson. The Rockies traded starter Drew Pomeranz and prospect Chris Jensen to secure the deal. There’s no question in my mind this is an incredibly smart move by Colorado as they attempt to stay relevant in the National League West division.
The biggest issue with Anderson is his history of injuries. The man has suffered at least one injury in every single season he has played in the big leagues, which dates back to 2009. The most significant one was by far when he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2011. More recently, Anderson suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in 2013, which forced him to play in just 16 games (five starts).
With all of that being said, the Rockies still made the right decision to take a chance on Anderson. I personally think he’s an outstanding talent who is capable of accomplishing big things in the big leagues once he can suit up consistently. Hopefully, a change of scenery will allow that to happen.
The fact that Colorado didn’t give up a lot for Anderson makes the trade that much better. Pomeranz has shown flashes of talent, but the fact that he really only has two pitches is a huge reason why he struggles to keep runs off the scoreboard. He’s only 25-years-old, which means Oakland is right to believe that he can turn it around in the near future.
Meanwhile, Jensen is a long ways away from seeing the majors, if he ever gets to that point.
It’s understandable why the Athletics gave up on Anderson. However, I believe the Rockies definitely came out ahead in this trade.