Slowey to Cleveland for Putman

Renck reports that Kevin Slowey has been traded to Cleveland for 24-year-old reliever Zach Putnam. Supposed to free up salary so they can more aggressively pursue a trade for Boston’s Marco Scutaro. Sounds good to me.

UPDATE: Scutaro doesn’t look like it is happening.

Here is the press release on the Slowey trade from the Rockies:

The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Zach Putman from Cleveland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kevin Slowey. Putnam will be added to the Rockies 40-man roster.
Putnam, 24, spent the majority of the 2011 season at Triple-A Columbus, where he went 6-3 with a 3.65 ERA (69.0 ip, 28 er), 23 walks and 68 strikeouts in 44 games. The 6-foot-2 right-hander finished the 2011 season in the Majors with Cleveland, appearing in eight games and going 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA (7.1 ip, 5 er), 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. With Triple-A Columbus, Putnam held opposing hitters to a .233 opponents batting average, with lefties batting just .205 and right-handers hitting .253. Putnam has gone 16-8 with a 3.83 ERA (235.0 ip, 100 er) in 122 career Minor League games/15 starts. He owns an 8.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ratio (221 so, 235.0 ip) and a 3.30 strikeout per walk ratio (221 so, 67 bb) in his Minor League career.
The Rochester, MI native was originally selected by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Michigan. Putnam was recently rated by Baseball America as the Indians’ 10th-best prospect following the 2011 season. He was a two-time (2007-08) All-Big Ten selection as a pitcher and as a designated hitter at Michigan, as well as the 2008 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.
Slowey, 27, was acquired by Colorado on December 6, 2011 in exchange for a player to be named later (Daniel Turpen). He has a career record of 39-29 with a 4.66 ERA (532.2 ip, 276 er), 84 walks and 395 strikeouts in 90 career starts and 10 relief outings over five seasons, all coming with Minnesota. In 2011 Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA (59.1 ip, 44 er) in eight starts and six relief appearances while striking out 34 compared to walking five. Slowey also saw time in 11 rehab starts between Single-A Fort Myers and Triple-A Rochester combining to go 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA (50.0 ip, 20 er) working back from an abdominal strain. Slowey was originally selected by the Twins in the second round, 73rd overall, in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Winthrop University.
The Rockies 40-man roster remains at 40.

 

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egossage
egossage
8 years ago

Just watched some video of him. Looks like he has a pretty good splitter!

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

We had traded McHenry to the Red Sox for Turpen, then traded Turpen to the Twins for Slowey, and now Slowey and some cash to the Indians for Putnam. So, in essense we traded McHenry and some cash for Putnam. Putnam seems to have some upside. Does he have options if we need him to start the year in the minors? Can we assume that the Rockies preferred Moscoso to Slowey, or at least didn’t want to exceed one extreme… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Posted on another thread that Baseball Prospectus ranks him #20 in the Indians organization and projects him as a solid 7th / 8th inning type of guy – ready this year. Honestly, after doing a little research, this looks like a solid deal. Good arm, young, control him for awhile, and I believe he has “options.” DOD caught the Indians in a bit of a desparate moment and “helped them out!”

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

O’Dowd had made two really smart, cost-conscious deals this winter: signing Kevin Slowey and Casey Blake. So we’re down to one. Really inexplicable. Putnam didn’t even make John Sickels top 20 Indians prospects at minorleagueball. He is a reliever with really middling stats in the minors. Right now, there’s no reason to believe he’d be better than, say, Josh Roenicke. That’s not good. Slowey, Moscoso, whatever. Right? Wrong. Slowey, if healthy, projects as a guy approaching league average as a… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Now Mr. Twitter is alleging a possbile trade with the Mets that would send Young JR. to the Mets for Justin Turner. Ag, contrary to what you may read here and other places by fans, it has been a alleged by multiple national talking head sources and I think also Thomas Harding that you may be dead on. “The only logical explanation is that O’Dowd has zero salary flexibility left” Who really knows? I sure don’t. I agree that the… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Maybe,once we signed Moyer,we figured we had our “Ace” for years to come.At least till he gets to AARP age.I really think DOD has gotten a medical marijuana card for this off season-just some inexplicable moves.However,I did read that Moscosco had developed/refined a cutter that had made him much more of a groundball pitcher.

Rockola
Rockola
8 years ago

He was an early off-season insurance policy that was no longer needed. I’m glad they got rid of him. He wasn’t good last year and I believe he was going to make $2.75 million this season. Jamie Moyer is the better veteran gamble. And DOD is clearing salary for a 2nd baseman. Hopefully.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

This is my first post at our new home, so please accept my apologies if I don’t initially bring much to the table. But I feel compelled to add my two cents’ worth. Agbayani, you bring quite a bit of insight to this sight and our previous home, but quite frankly your negativity is beginning to wear on me. Does anyone else feel this way? Can we at the very least allow this team to come to Spring Training before… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

I’m OK with Agbayani continuing to express his opinions, even if they are negative. At least they’re always well thought out, articulately stated, and supported by data. Agbayani’s comments are way better than the strident insipid comments that I read when I occasionally look at other sites and then immediately return to this one. OTOH, I also appreciate Cisco Kid’s optimism. I’m probably more pessmistic than optimistic because I don’t think that we start the year with an effective starting… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

So I’m not sure I get it. We traded a minor leaguer for Slowey, no we trade Slowey for a minor leaguer, but now we have to pay a chunk of Slowey’s salary…did the Twins kick in for some of his salary? Basically it sounds like we are paying the Indians to take a player off our hands who essentially we had no reason trading for in the first place! In what sense does this transaction save the Rockies any… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

prog,see my DOD medical marijuana theory above.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Prog, we were on the hook to Slowey for something like 2.7 million, and now we are on the hook for less than half of that, so we have lowered our budget a little. I have to admit the finances of the team mystify me a bit. If things are so tight, then maybe we shouldn’t have traded for Cuddyer, but instead kept Smith and found a right handed platoon partner for him. I sure hope Cuddyer works out, and… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Julian, that doesn’t make sense to me because we didn’t have to add Slowey in the first place. So basically we are throwing $1m out the window.

Is Putnam worth $1m more than Turpin? I guess thats the question.

SteveinAurora
SteveinAurora
8 years ago

I appreciate reading everyone’s perspective as expressed on ITR and, now on RoxWalkOff. I tend towards the negative a lot and will admit to closing out of the site prior to posting a comment that I figured I shouldn’t express. I’ve never been to any of the other sites related to the Rockies, nor Colorado sports, in general. Just kind of happened upon this place and didn’t figure that I needed to go anywhere else. It’s interesting to read how… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  SteveinAurora

I agree SIA, i do like how people feel free to express what they feel and i did smile when Cisco stated that Agbayani is a bit more negative than Cisco is because that is what i love about Agbayani and Cisco and you and everyone here – that i can actually FEEL the passion in the posts (and that Agbayani doesn’t hold back on what he thinks no matter what) – some of us are more optimistic (cisco, me)… Read more »

egossage
egossage
8 years ago

Now it looks like that Scutaro deal is going to happen!!! I like this move!!!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Jaredean, First of all, thanks again for all you have done on this site in continuing to allow us Rockies diehards a forum to express our views. I wish my wife would read your comments about me being positive, she thinks I’m the biggest cynic there is. Nevertheless, when it comes to the Rockies I will maintain a positive attitude until proven wrong or the first time Tracy fails to bunt runners from second to third with no outs. I… Read more »

SteveinAurora
SteveinAurora
8 years ago

Which is why some GM’s (Beane) are “cybermetric” and others are “gut-instinct”, while others are constrained by dollars or egomaniac owners, alignment of the stars, etc. It’s baseball. That’s why it’s, still, “America’s Pastime”.

I’m really sure that if everyone were able to go back to postings on ITR at this time last year, you would find that the same type of discussions were going on. It’s what keeps you “tuning in” two or six times a day.

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