The Athletics sent often-injured lefthander Brett Anderson to the Rockies for two pitchers: former Indians first-rounder Drew Pomeranz and righthander Chris Jensen. As Anderson becomes more expensive but still does not have an obvious opening in Oakland’s rotation, it made sense for the A’s to flip him for whatever younger, cheaper assets they could acquire. Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Mississippi by the Indians, then was traded to the Rockies in the deal for Ubaldo Jimenez in July 2011. The A’s also reportedly sent $2 million to Colorado to cover part of Anderson’s 2014 salary.
Drew Pomeranz, lhp
Transactions: Selected by the Indians in the first round of the 2010 draft (fifth overall); Traded to Rockies on Aug. 16, 2011, as player to be named after Joseph Gardner, Matt McBride and Alex White went to Colorado for Ubaldo Jimenez on July 30.
Service time: 1.050.
Pomeranz ranked as Colorado’s No. 1 prospect after the 2011 season, and while he has pitched 117 innings in the big leagues, he has not yet established himself as a major league pitcher. He missed time in 2013 with biceps tendinitis and forearm tightness and made 16 minor league starts. His curveball is his best pitch, and he throws his four-seam fastball at 90-92 mph along with a sinker and a changeup. He as battled his delivery at times, which hampers his control and command. Oakland has plenty of arms, so Pomeranz will likely start the season at Triple-A and try to earn an opportunity.
Chris Jensen, rhp
Transactions: Selected by the Rockies in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.
Jensen signed for $135,000 in 2011 after being drafted out of San Diego, where he was primarily a reliever until his junior year. He has proven to be a durable starter, logging 145 innings at low Class A in his first full professional season in 2012 and 152 at high Class A in 2013. Jensen has above-average command of a fastball that consistently ranges from 92-95 mph and sits at 93 mph. Because he is still learning to use his secondary stuff, he regularly throws at least 70 percent fastballs. His slider is his most promising breaking pitch. He should pitch at Double-A in 2014.
Brett Anderson, lhp
Remaining commitment: $8 million in 2014 with $12 million option in 2015.
Injuries have ruined Anderson’s past three seasons after a terrific 2010. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and missed most of 2012 as part of that recovery, and then a broken bone in his foot marred 2013. Just eight months older than Pomeranz, Anderson’s solid groundball rates and low walk totals should give him an opportunity to succeed in Colorado, provided he can stay healthy.