More big news out of Dallas today: the Minnesota Twins have traded starting pitcher Kevin Slowey to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later.

Slowey, a non-tender candidate for the Twins who MLB Trade Rumors projects to earn $2.7 million through arbitration this coming year, had a dreadful 2011 in Minnesota, missing most of June because of injury and pitching in Triple A for all of July. When he was with the big club, Slowey started in only eight total games and exhibited a stunning inability to miss bats en route to giving up 78 hits from the 258 batters that he faced.

We poked fun at the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier for going out of their way to build the most expensive replacement level roster of all time, but a quick peak at the Rockies likely rotation as it stands now isn’t exactly offering fans of Colorado much encouragement:

  1. RHP Jhoulys Chacin
  2. RHP Jason Hammel
  3. RHP Alex White
  4. LHP Drew Pomeranz
  5. RHP Kevin Slowey

It should also be mentioned that Mr. Slowey has a proclivity for giving up fly balls, not exactly an endearing quality for pitchers in Colorado. Over the last three seasons, only two pitchers with more than 300 innings pitched have a higher fly ball rate. And it’s no coincidence that both Jered Weaver and Ted Lilly make their respective homes on the West Coast.