• Rockies add pitching, outfield help

    Wed, December 18, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Rockies made a couple trades on Wednesday.

    They acquired outfielder Drew Stubbs from Cleveland in exchange for left-handed pitcher Josh Outman and sent infielder Jonathan Herrera for lefty Franklin Morales and minor league righty Chris Martin.

    Stubbs, 29, spent the entire 2013 season on the Indians roster appearing in 146 games and batting .233 (100-for-430) with 21 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs, 45 RBI and 59 runs. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Stubbs has stolen 117 bases in 142 attempts (82.4 percent) which are the 10th-most in the Majors. Over his five-year career with the Cincinnati Reds (2009-2012) and Indians (2013), the University of Texas product has hit .274 (165-for-603) against left-handed pitching and an overall .239 average (531-for-2221) with 80 doubles, 14 triples, 69 home runs, 223 RBI and 344 runs. Stubbs was originally drafted by the Reds in the first round (8th overall pick) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

    Outman, 29, made a total of 61 appearances for the Rockies in 2013 going 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA (54.0 ip, 26 er) with 56 hits, 23 walks and 53 strikeouts. Outman originally began the campaign with Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA (10.2 ip, 1 er) over two stints with the Sky Sox, before spending the rest of the season with Colorado on June 11. In 121 career games, 32 starts, Outman has gone 12-11 with a 4.61 ERA (246.0 ip, 126 er), 252 hits, 99 walks and 200 strikeouts.

    Morales, 27, will return to the organization that originally signed him as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2002. Morales spent his first eight-plus professional seasons in the Rockies organization, including spending time in the Majors from 2007-2011, during which time he went 7-11 with a 4.83 ERA (147.1 ip, 79 er) in 102 games/15 starts. Morales has spent the last two-plus seasons in Boston (2011-13), during which time he went 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA (134.0 ip, 58 er) in 93 games/10 starts.

    In 2013, Morales went 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA (25.1 ip, 13 er) in 20 games/one start as a member of the World Champion Red Sox. Overall in his career, the left-hander is 13-18 with 11 saves and a 4.38 ERA (281.1 ip, 137 er) in 195 games/25 starts. Morales has held left-handed hitters to a .194 (65-for-335) opponents average in his career.

    Martin, 27, split his 2013 season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, going 5-3 with a 2.25 ERA (72.0 ip, 18 er), 16 walks and 74 strikeouts in 42 appearances. Martin originally signed as a Minor League free agent by Boston prior to the 2011 season. In 88 career Minor League games and 222.1 innings, all in the Red Sox organization, Martin owns a 3.12 ERA with 194 strikeouts compared to just 47 walks. Martin pitched for Grand Prairie in the independent American Association in 2010 prior to signing with Boston.

    Herrera, 29, spent the entire 2013 season in the Majors with the Rockies and in 81 games batted .292 (57-for-195) with 7 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, 16 RBI and 16 runs. He started 45 games overall, playing second base (22 games, 16 starts), third base (5 games, 1 start), shortstop (42 games, 28 starts) and left field (2 games). In five seasons with Colorado, Herrera was a career .265 (261-for-984) hitter in 375 games.

    The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

  • Rockies add veteran reliever Logan

    Mon, December 16, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    boone loganThe Rockies announced they signed left-handed pitcher Boone Logan to a three-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rockies designated right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh for assignment.

    Logan, 29, is a veteran of eight major league seasons with the New York Yankees (2010-13), Atlanta (2009) and the Chicago White Sox (2006-08). Over 420 career MLB games, all in relief, the 6-foot-5 left-hander is 24-12 with 2 saves and a 4.39 ERA (303.2 ip, 148 er), 132 walks and 304 strikeouts.

    Over his last four seasons, all with the Yankees, Logan has combined to go 19-7 with a 3.38 ERA (176.0 ip, 66 er), 74 walks and 202 strikeouts in 256 games. The San Antonio native is coming off a season in 2013 in which he posted a 5-2 record with a 3.23 ERA (39.0 ip, 14 er), 13 walks and 50 strikeouts in 61 games for New York.

    Since he joined the Yankees in 2010, Logan’s 10.33 strikeout per 9.0 innings pitched rate (202 SO/176.0 IP) is fifth-highest among Major League left-handed relievers (minimum 100.0 ip). Originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round of the 2002 draft, Logan has made at least 50 relief appearances in six of his seven full Major League seasons (since 2007).

  • Rockies grab righty prospect in Rule 5 Draft

    Thu, December 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    KahnleThe Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has selected right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle with the eighth selection in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.  Kahnle, 24, spent 2013 at Trenton in the Double-A Eastern League in the Yankees organization.

    The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder went 1-3 with 15 saves, a 2.85 ERA (60.0 ip, 19 er), 45 walks and 74 strikeouts in 46 games for Trenton last season. Opponents hit just .182 against Kahnle in 2013.

    He was ranked the Yankees 20th-best prospect by MLB.com entering the 2013 season.

    The Latham, N.Y. native was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2010 first-year draft out of Lynn University. Kahnle struck out 260 batters in 198.0 innings pitched (11.82 SO/90 IP) over his three full minor league seasons, since 2011.

    The Rockies have 39 players on the 40-man roster.

  • Rockies trade Fowler for two Astros

    Tue, December 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    dexter-fowlerThe Colorado Rockies announced they acquired right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named. 

    Lyles, 23, has pitched for the Astros in each of the last three seasons, with a 14-29 record with a 5.35 ERA (377.0 ip, 224 er), 117 walks and 259 strikeouts in 72 games, 65 starts.

    In 2013, the righthander went 7-9 with a 5.59 ERA (141.2 ip, 88 er), 49 walks and 93 strikeouts in 27 games, 25 starts.

    Lyles, who made his Major League debut as a 20-year-old on May 31, 2011 at the Chicago Cubs, owns a career 62.0-percent ground ball percentage. A native of Florence, SC, Lyles was originally selected by Houston in the supplemental first round (38th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Hartsville High School in Hartsville, SC. The 6-foot-4, 215-poung righthander was named the Astros top prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season.

    Barnes, 27, spent the entire 2013 season in Houston as one of the club’s regular outfielders. He hit .240 (98-for-408) with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 41 RBI, 46 runs and 11 steals in 136 games. The 6-foot-2 right-handed batter is a career .233 (118-for-506) hitter in 179 career Major League games with the Astros (2012-13). A versatile outfielder, Barnes has played each of the three outfield positions in each of his first two campaigns, although he has spent the majority of his time in center field (148 games). Barnes was originally selected by Houston in the sixth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Cypress Junior College (Calif.).

    Fowler, 27, played in 119 games for the Rockies last season and batted .263 (109-for-415) with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 home runs, 42 RBI and 71 runs. Over his six-year Major League career, all with Colorado, Fowler has hit .270 (606-for-2248) with 120 doubles, 53 triples, 40 home runs, 210 RBI and 376 runs in 667 games. Fowler was originally selected by Colorado in the 14th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Milton High School (Ga.).

    The Rockies now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

  • Rockies let midseason trade Boggs loose

    Tue, December 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    BoggsThe Colorado Rockies announced Monday that the club has not tendered a contract to right-handed pitcher Mitchell Boggs for the 2014 season, making him a free agent. 

    Boggs, 29, split the 2013 season between the Rockies organization and the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He began the 2013 season on the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster where he went 0-3 with two saves and an 11.05 ERA (14.2 ip, 20 er) in 18 games before being optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

    The Rockies acquired Boggs from St. Louis on July 9 for cash. Boggs made nine  appearances for the Rockies, going 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA (8.2 ip, 3 er). Overall in 2013, the Dalton, Georgia native went 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA (23.1 ip, 21 er) in 27 Major League appearances and 1-6 with a 6.07 ERA (46.0 ip, 31 er) in 34 Minor League appearances.

    Boggs went 1-6 for the Sky Sox with a 6.75 ERA in 40 innings over 30 games, including three starts.

    Boggs has pitched in parts of six Major League seasons with St. Louis (2008-2013) and Colorado (2013) and owns a 13-15 record with a 4.12 ERA (316.2 ip, 145 er) in 241 games, 15 starts.  The Rockies now have 37 players on its 40-man roster.