Colorado Rockies: Looking at some of the trades from the Dan O’Dowd era
8/30/11–Traded Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians. Received a player to be named later, Joe Gardner (minors), Matt McBride and Alex White. The Cleveland Indians sent Drew Pomeranz (August 16, 2011) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.
This is a trade that did not go well for either team. Jimenez was great for the Rockies (3.66 ERA, 128 ERA+, a no-hitter, etc.). The Indians were trying to secure some pitching for the future. And that did not happen with Jimenez. 5.10 ERA in 11 starts to finish the 2011 season, 9-17 record and a 5.40 ERA in 2012, and a good season in the final year of his contract (13-9, 3.30 ERA in 32 starts).
Gardner never made it to the majors. McBride played 72 games with the Rockies between three seasons before becoming a free agent. White went 4-13 in 30 games (27 starts) for the Rockies with an ERA of 6.30 and he has not seen the majors since.
Pomeranz struggled in parts of three seasons with the Rockies (5.20 ERA in 34 games, 30 starts, 89 ERA+). After the 2013 season, he was traded to Oakland, where he became a lot better. He has pitched for the Padres and, now, the Red Sox since then. Since leaving Denver, he has an ERA of 3.24, an ERA+ of 130, and even made the All-Star team in 2016.
O’Dowd used to work for the Indians (among many other connections with the Rockies and Indians that we discuss in this article from February) so it was not surprising to the see the teams come together on a deal but, as we mentioned, it really didn’t work out for either team.