A’s & Rockies Exchange Starting Pitchers

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By Charlie O. Mallonee

The Oakland Athletics and the Colorado Rockies exchanged left-handed starting pitchers on Tuesday. Coming to Oakland is Drew Pomeranz along with minor league pitcher Chris Jensen. Going to Colorado is Brett Anderson and cash.

Pomeranz is a former 2010 first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians out Ole Miss. He has a career record of 4-14 with 4.77 ERA in 34 Major League apperanaces (30 starts). Pomeranz is a 6-5, 230 pound left-hander. He came to the Rockies in a 2011 trade with Cleveland.

In 2013, Pomeranz posted an 0-4 record with a 6.38 ERA in eight outings (4 starts) for Colorado. He struck out 19 and walked 19 allowing 25 hits in 21.2 innings.

In analyzing the trade, a panel on the MLB Network, that included Ron Darling, felt the change of scenery would be positive for Pomeranz. The panel believed that Pomeranz could floursish in a pitcher’s park like the O.co Colliseum.

Andrson was the A’s starter for Opening Day 2013. He finished the season in bullpen after spending four months on the disabled list with a stress fracture of his right foot. Anderson has a career record of 26-28 with a 3.81 ERA in 84 games (73 starts).

The right-handed throwing Jensen comes to the A’s after being a sixth round draft pick of the Rockies out of the University of San Diego. He has 61 minor league starts with record of 19-12 and an ERA of 4.22. Jensen spent last season with Single-A Modesto.

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