Kevin Slowey of the Minnesota Twins reacts against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Kevin Slowey was getting ready to pack for Rockies spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona. Now he'll have to head a few miles farther west to Indians camp in Goodyear, Arizona.
Could that be related to this trade reported by Jon Morosi?
Source: #Indians acquire Kevin Slowey from #Rockies for Zach Putnam.
If the Tribe is seeking pitching depth for the possible absence of Carmona/Heredia, then acquiring an additional starter is the way to go. Slowey was hurt much of last year and posted a 0-8 record in 14 appearances (eight starts) for the Twins with a 6.67 ERA. That got him traded to the Rockies on Dec. 8 for minor league pitcher Daniel Turpen.
Putnam is a 23-year-old righthander who made eight relief appearances for the Indians in 2011, posting a 6.14 ERA. So that makes this about even, ERA-wise, at least.
Depth is about all this provides; Slowey's overall numbers have never been great, although, as Jeff Sullivan wrote on Thursday, he has the highest K/BB ratio (minimum 500 innings) in MLB history at 4.70.
Still, he's more likely to have success in Cleveland than in Colorado. And it's one less starter in camp for the Rockies, which puts Jamie Moyer one step closer to making the Colorado rotation.
Happiness for everyone! It's Friday! Enjoy your weekend, Kevin Slowey. (And the rest of you, too.)