Rockies balk at price for Garland, trade for Contreras
The Colorado Rockies spent much of Monday trying to acquire starting pitcher Jon Garland from the Arizona Diamondbacks, but a potential deal fell apart over what the Diamondbacks wanted in return. Garland, who still is owed a sizeable salary this season and has a $10 million mutual option with big buyouts for 2010, eventually landed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Rockies ownership had agreed to the finances of the deal and were willing to take on a significant chunk of what Garland is owed, but the team balked at including one of their top pitching prospects in the deal as well. The Diamondbacks wanted right-hander, who is 8-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings for low Class-A Asheville.
The Rockies instead turned to the Chicago White Sox acquired starting pitcher Jose Contreras in exchange for min0r-league pitcher Brandon Hynick. The White Sox also will send cash to the Rockies in the deal.
Contreras, who is 5-13 with a 5.42 ERA in 21 starts with the White Sox this season, likely will fill the hole in the Rockies rotation left whenwent on the disabled list. He could either remain in the rotation when Cook returns or move to the bullpen.
Hynick, who was 10-9 with a 3.83 ERA for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, was considered a candidate to start in Aaron Cook’s spot in the rotation Saturday. Despite a quick rise through the Rockies organization after being drafted in the eighth-round of the 2006 draft, Hynick has slowed the past two seasons at Double A and Triple A. Whether Hynick could pitch in Coors Field with a high-80s fastball remained a question in the organization.