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Rockies add pitching, outfield help

Published: December 18, 2013, 4:59 pm, by Joe Paisley

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.