The Colorado Rockies are continuing to discuss right-handed starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie with the Toronto Blue Jays, reports Troy Renck of The Denver Post. It was reported yesterday that the Rockies are ready to trade Guthrie, and Renck notes as many as four teams are interested in the veteran starter.
Yesterday, Renck reiterated the belief that Guthrie will be traded. He added that Toronto’s need could accelerate discussions. The Blue Jays lost three starting pitchers to injury over the past week; Drew Hutchinson, Brandon Morrow and Kyle Drabek.
Renck later confirmed that there’s a fit between the Rockies and Blue Jays when it comes to Guthrie, but Colorado would like someone more substantial than a lower-tier prospect from Toronto. Renck also said the Blue Jays are not the only team in on Guthrie, as he was told there are as many as four teams interested in the 33-year-old.
Guthrie has had a rough season in Colorado, posting an ERA and WHIP of 7.02 and 1.831 over his 11 starts spanning 59 innings. Prior to joining the Rockies, Guthrie maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.21 and 1.273 over his five seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.