The Colorado Rockies are "aggressively trying to trade" pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who now has a 7.02 ERA and has given up a league-leading 15 home runs since he was traded by the Baltimore Orioles in February, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post:
The possibility exists that Jeremy Guthrie has thrown his last pitch for the Rockies. Colorado is aggressively trying to trade the veteran right-hander and has talked with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to two major-league sources.
If the two teams were to strike a deal to move the pitcher out of Colorado, Renck said the Rockies would receive a minor-league prospect in return -- who FoxSports.com is reporting would be Double-A first baseman Mike McDade -- and the Blue Jays would be stuck with the $4.9 million remaining on Guthrie's $8.2 million arbitration contract. The Rockies have been stumped not only by Guthrie's poor performance since acquiring him but also his seemingly bizarre behavior, reported Renck. In his most recent start against Oakland, Guthrie tipped his hat to the crowd in the first inning and then again in the third after having given up six runs. Guthrie was just frustrated with himself, Renck reported, but admitted that his pitching has been affected more than he anticipated.