The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and left-handed pitcher Josh Outman from Oakland in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith. Both Moscoso and Outman will be added to Colorado’s 40-man roster.
Moscoso, 28, set career-highs in nearly every category for Oakland in 2011, posting an 8-10 record with a 3.38 ERA (128.0 ip, 48 er), 38 walks and 74 strikeouts in 23 games/21 starts. The native of Maracay, Venezuela, Moscoso also made nine appearances/eight starts at Triple-A Sacramento in 2011, going 3-3 with a 3.88 ERA (46.1 ip, 20 er), 16 walks and 52 strikeouts. Moscoso held opponents to a .212 (102-for-482) batting average in his 23 games for the A’s in 2011. Moscoso also made 11 Major League appearances for Texas in 2009-10 and owns a career ERA of 3.47 (142.2 ip, 55 er) in 34 Major League games.
Moscoso was originally signed by Detroit as an un-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2002, he was acquired by Texas in December, 2008 for catcher Gerald Laird, and by Oakland from Texas in January, 2011 for right-handed pitcher Ryan Kelly. The Rockies are his fourth Major League franchise.
Outman, 27, has appeared in 33 Major League games/25 starts since 2008 with Oakland, and owns an 8-8 career record with a 3.75 ERA (151.1 ip, 63 er), 56 walks and 107 strikeouts. In 2011, the 6-foot-1 left-hander went 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA (58.1 ip, 24 er), 23 walks and 35 strikeouts in 13 games/nine starts in the Major Leagues for the A’s. He spent the remainder of the 2011 campaign at Triple-A Sacramento, where he went 8-3 with a 3.91 ERA (78.1 ip, 34 er), 47 walks and 72 strikeouts over 17 starts. Opponents have batted just .258 (149-for-578) against Outman in his 33 career Major League games.
Outman was originally selected in the 10th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft by Philadelphia out of Central Missouri State University. He was acquired by Oakland in June, 2005 for Joe Blanton. Outman made his Major League debut with Oakland in 2008, at age 23.
Smith, 29, was originally selected by Colorado in the second round of the 2004 First-Year Player draft out of the University of Mississippi. The left-handed batter is a .275 (354-for-1285) career hitter with 78 doubles, 19 triples, 51 home runs and 181 RBI in 487 Major League games. 2011 was Smith’s third-consecutive season to spend the entire campaign in the Majors with Colorado, and he batted .284 (135-for-476) with 32 doubles, 9 triples, 15 home runs and 59 RBI. He has spent the majority of his career in both left field and right field for the Rockies.
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.
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