The Oakland Athletics have finally found a taker for starter Brett Anderson, sending the oft-injured left-hander to the Colorado Rockies in return for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The A's are also sending some amount of cash to Denver in the deal, per Jane Lee of MLB.com.
There was some question about whether Jensen would be the second player in the deal, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today has confirmed that the young right-hander is in the trade.
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Anderson had all the makings of another young A's rotation ace when he debuted as a 21-year-old back in 2009, but the southpaw has never been able to stay on the field for an extended period of time. Now 25, Anderson has thrown just 163 innings over the past three years because of elbow and ankle injuries.
With the big exception of 2013 -- when he posted a 6.04 ERA in 44⅔ innings -- Anderson has been good when healthy. He owns a 3.81 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly three-to-one in 450⅔ innings for his career, and should fit into the Rockies' rotation nicely if he can keep the injuries at bay.
Anderson is an extreme ground-ball pitcher, so as long as Denver's elevation doesn't negatively affect the movement on his sinker, he should be able to adjust to Coors Field's more hitter-friendly confines. He is owed $8 million in 2014 and has a $12 million option with a $1.5 million buyout for 2015, some of which the A's will be contributing to.
Pomeranz, 25, was at one time heralded at the Rockies' top pitching prospect, but his struggles at the big-league level the last two years have lowered expectations some. The southpaw spent much of 2012 in Colorado's rotation, but posted a 4.93 ERA across 22 starts and found himself out of a job when camp broke in 2013.
Pomeranz was successful in the minors by striking out hitters (10 per nine) and limiting home runs, but has been unable to do either of those things at the same level in the bigs. Shifting from Coors Field to cavernous O.co Coliseum could (and should) help Pomeranz immensely in 2014 and beyond, though it's unclear whether he'll be helping the A's in the rotation or relief. As it stands, the club has A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone, Scott Kazmir, Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray and Pomeranz as rotation options.
A's prospect Jeremy Barfield was quick to welcome Pomeranz to the East Bay as only Oaklanders can:
Welcome aboard @DrewPomeranz. I hope you like amazing fans and raw sewage.— Jeremy Barfield (@BarfieldRage) December 10, 2013
The other piece in the trade, 23-year-old Jensen, was a sixth-round pick by Colorado in the 2011 draft. The right-hander posted a 4.55 ERA across 28 starts for High-A Modesto in 2013.