Jul 22, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz (13) reacts in the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Pomeranz Possible Trade Bait

Troy Renck of the Denver Post said that the Colorado Rockies would be open about listening to offers for starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz. Drew Pomeranz was the 5th overall pick in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft and was the main target in the deal with the Cleveland Indians for starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Pomeranz hasn’t fared so well in his short-stint in the big leagues. He would end up going 0-4 in four starts last season for the Rockies, walking 19 batters in just 21.2 innings pitched, leading an ERA of 6.23. Pom has struggled with his command in his short career, walking 70 batters in 136.2 innings, and hasn’t shown any signs of improvement. However, in his work of the bullpen in September, the lefty would pitch five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out six.

The Rockies are rumored to be active this week in search for pitching, including a starter and reliever. The Rockies have expressed interest in LHP Brett Anderson of the Oakland Athletics. The 26-year-old has had a bit of injury problems in his career, having Tommy John Surgery in 2011, and suffering an oblique strain in 2012. Last season he struggled, posting a 1-4 record with an ERA of 6.04. Anderson would also suffer a stress fracture in the 2013 regular season, only returning to the playoffs where he was strictly used out of the bullpen.

Colorado is also interested in veteran leadership off of the bench, interesting in Michael Young. The Rockies are currently keeping tabs on relief pitchers Jose Veras, Grant Balfour, and Joaquin Benoit.

Benoit is seeking in excess of Joe Smith’s $15-million contract with the Angels, and Balfour could get $24 million over three years if the market falls correctly for him.

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