According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies are discussing a trade for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.
After acquiring Guthrie this offseason from the Baltimore Orioles for Janson Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, the Rockies would be willing to let the right hander go back to the American League East for a “lesser prospect” assuming that the Blue Jays take on the majority of whatever is remaining of the $8.2 million he’s owed for this season. At season’s end, Guthrie will be a free agent.
Sources suggested that the prospect being discussed is likely first baseman Mike “Muffin Top” McDade, who is currently sporting an .884 OPS at Double A New Hampshire.
Unsurprisingly, Guthrie, a fly ball pitcher, has struggled for the Rockies this season, putting up a hideous 7.02 ERA, 6.70 FIP and 5.36 xFIP. A 10.6% strike out rate, matched with a 8.1% walk rate suggests that Guthrie’s acquisition would be little more than a stop gap measure meant to save other, more valuable arms in the Blue Jays system from being used earlier than they have to be, after the team has seen three of its starting pitchers go down to injury last week.