Rockies trade rumors: starting pitching edition

DENVER, CO - JUNE 16: Starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela #49 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on June 16, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 16: Starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela #49 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on June 16, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JULY 08: Starting pitcher Jose Quintana #62 throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 8, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JULY 08: Starting pitcher Jose Quintana #62 throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 8, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Jose Quintana has been another pitcher that we, here at Rox Pile, have discussed before (particularly, in this article in which we discussed a few starters. In the article, one starter mentioned was Lance Lynn of the Cardinals but he is not considered now because they have clawed back to being a dark horse in the NL Central).

He has struggled in 2017 as he is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA but in his past seven starts (all of his starts in June and July), his ERA is 2.70 and batters are hitting .210 off him in that span. His career high in ERA is 3.76 in his rookie year, 2012 so obviously, his potential is much better than his number in his first eleven starts.

Quintana has had two career starts in Coors Field and he’s 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. His most recent start at Coors was his final before the All-Star break as it was last Saturday. He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed five hits and allowed three runs and struck out ten.

He’s under control through next season but he has two team options for 2019 and 2020. With both options, the Rockies would have him for the next three seasons with a little over 30 million owed to him so they would have starting pitching help for years to come.

UPDATE: Quintana has since been traded to the Chicago Cubs, according to MLBTradeRumors.com in this article.

Now, we head deep in the heart of Texas for the next starter.

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