According to mlbtraderumors.com the Orioles’ Dan Duquette stated that he sent Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies was due to the fact that Guthrie’s a free agent after this season, and he felt that it was better to get two pitchers in return that were under team control for an extra year.
Duquette also said Jason Hammel would essentially replace Guthrie in the starting rotation. It’s unclear if he meant this to mean that Hammel would be the staff ace/Opening Day starter, or just in terms of being an innings-eater. As for Matt Lindstrom, Duquette sees him as a power arm in the back-of-the-rotation. Mr. Duquette was careful to note that the O’s didn’t get any offer of young prospects in return for Guthrie, and this was the best deal that was on the table. One thing that Duquette appeared to like was the strikeout-to-walk ratio in the duo, so I suppose that’s something. Duquette is an executive with an eye for finding diamonds-in-the-r0ugh, so we’ll have to wait and see. However in the short term, I think that most of the fan base sees this move as trading a blonde for a slightly younger brunette.
I’ve been in and around sports since I was a child as a player, coach, and a fan. I consistently led the league in technical fouls when I was a basketball coach, and one famous incident I was tossed out of a game for protecting a player from poor officiating. The Orioles beat the Oakland A’s 4-2 the first time my father took me to Memorial Stadium as a kid, and I was hooked for life. While the “old lady” was far from a thing of beauty, to that point I had never seen grass so green, tasted hot dogs so good, or smelled beer so cold! Since that day many years ago, each time I'm at a ballgame I pay a bit of homage to that eight year old boy sitting in Memorial Stadium with his father. See you at the yard!