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Athletics trade Brett Anderson to Rockies for Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen

The Athletics move the lefty for a pair of young arms.


The Athletics have sent lefty-handed pitcher Brett Anderson to the Rockies for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The Athletics had been rumored to be shopping Anderson in the week leading up to the winter meetings with the Indians and Royals connected to the oft-injured lefty, but Colorado has won the bidding with a pitcher, Pomeranz, they acquired not long ago from Cleveland and a 23-year-old, High-A arm.

Anderson has pitched just 163 innings over the last three seasons thanks to injuries. He fell to an elbow injury during the 2011 season that required Tommy John surgery and cost him most of 2012. In 2013, he suffered an ankle injury that limited him to 44 2/3 innings. When he has been healthy, the southpaw has been an exciting pitcher to watch at times, posting a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts in 2010 and returning from Tommy John surgery to post a 2.57 ERA in six late season starts in 2012. He had an off-year in 2013, however, putting up a 6.04 ERA and landing in the bullpen after he returned from injury, but he is just 25-years-old and offers two years of team control if Colorado chooses to exercise his option.

Pomeranz, who is also 25-years-old, was one of the key players the Rockies received in the deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland in 2011. Since joining the Rockies as a prospect, Pomeranz has seen time in the majors in each of the last three seasons, but he has failed to show the type of performance that earned him a spot on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list twice. In 35 games in the majors and 30 starts, he has a 5.20 ERA over 136 2/3 innings pitched.

Jensen pitched a 152 1/3 innings at High-A for the Rockies in 2013, posting a 4.55 ERA. He was not listed on the Baseball America list of the top 30 prospects in the Rockies system prior to 2013.