Originally written on Rockies Review  |  Last updated 2/7/12
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The clubhouse cleanup continues for the Colorado Rockies.On Monday morning, the Rockies shipped Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for the Orioles four-time opening day starter, Jeremy Guthrie.The right-hander went 9-17 in 2011 with a 4.33 ERA. Numbers, however, can be deceiving in the hitting-rich American League East. Especially considering that half of Guthrie's starts came at Camden Yards, which is every bit of the hitter's park that Coors Field is. Throw in the fact that as the team's No. 1 starter, he was generally facing the opposition's ace.Make no mistake, the trade for Guthrie has more to do with the Rockies attempt to re-shape the clubhouse mindset than to acquire yet another formidable arm for the rotation. Jason Hammel was a huge part of the Rockies rotation in their 2009 run to the postseason. Acquired as a castoff from Tampa Bay, Hammel came into his own in Colorado and with his above-average fastball and curveball, proved that he cou...
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