Orioles Trade Guthrie To Rockies

In a move that needed to happen, the Baltimore Orioles traded their top pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in an effort to bolster the pitching staff. So how exactly will the Orioles pitching staff improve by getting rid of their opening day starter for the past four years? Easy, they made a trade with the Colorado Rockies to acquire starter Jason Hammel and reliever Matt Lindstrom.

There is no doubt that Guthrie is a quality starter, but his wins to losses as a member of the Baltimore Orioles has been terrible. Guthrie was 9-17 last year with a 4.33 ERA and those are not numbers that a number one starter should have. In five seasons with the Orioles, Guthrie has posted a 47-65 record with a 4.19 ERA. For the best interest of the team, it was smart to try and see what they could get for the 32-year-old righty.

Hammel was 7-13 with a 4.67 ERA in 32 appearances last year for the Rockies, shuffling between the bullpen and starting rotation. Lindstrom was solid in the bullpen last season as he posted a 3.00 ERA and a 2-2 record. Both pitchers will be welcomed additions for a shallow Orioles bullpen.

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