The Last Piece Of The Colorado Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez Trade Has Washed Up

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May 2, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher D. Pomeranz (13) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

White, Pomeranz, and Gardner

All three of these guys failed with the Colorado Rockies. Pomeranz and White were each part of that disastrous four-man rotation in 2012, and neither one proved anything during that time. (To be fair to them, 2012 was a dark period even as far as Colorado Rockies’ pitching is concerned.)

Joe Gardner never got close to the Rockies, staying in AA — the level he was at before the trade — in the organization. After one average year at AA Tulsa (2012) and one bad one (2013), he was cut loose, caught on with the Cubs, then the Braves. By 2015, he was getting his work in the independent Atlantic League, likely on his last legs in pro ball.

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We’ve written about Alex White before, and he was recently released by the Braves, potentially tripping his comeback. Thanks to both injury and ineffectiveness, he hasn’t thrown in the big leagues since 2012 (where he was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA and 1.684 WHIP in 98 innings).

If there’s one thing in White’s favor, it’s that he just turned 27 (earlier this week!), so perhaps he — with 150 innings of big league experience — will get another shot somewhere in affiliated ball based on his history.

Pomeranz, at least, has had success in his big league career after the trade, though not with the Rockies. He’s re-invigorated his career as a reliever with the Athletics, where the Colorado Rockies traded him for Brett Anderson (!) after the 2013 season.

I’m happy for Pomeranz; he’s a good pitcher so it’s nice to see him figure things out in Oakland. It’s always nice to see guys adjust to the Major Leagues and establish a career. It’s just a shame it couldn’t have been in Denver.

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