It was a busy day in baseball as the MLB trade deadline neared last Friday when the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies pulled off a smaller swap involving two disappointing pitchers. The Royals traded Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies for Jeremy Guthrie in a straight up deal that was simply an exchange for the sake of trading and the hopes that both pitchers will offer up some promising results in a change of scenery.
ESPN’s Keith Law says the trade is of little consequence for two teams hoping to make something from nothing, but that he does like KC’s end of things a bit more than what Colorado is getting.
Law writes, “The other trade Friday, between the Rockies and Royals, is a mistake-for-mistake deal, both sides giving up a pitcher they acquired in an offseason trade that went sour. If forced to choose, I’d rather have Jeremy Guthrie, especially now that he is out of Colorado, than Jonathan Sanchez, whose performance this year was so bad I would not be surprised to hear he is hurt.”
Guthrie was 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA when the Royals acquired him. That tells you everything you need to know about this trade.