Found January 24, 2012 on The Hardball Times:
For the second time this offseason, Kevin Slowey has been traded. This time, he’s going from the Rockies to the Indians. The return for Colorado is 24-year-old reliever Zach Putnam, who had a cup of coffee with the Indians in September. You know what that means? It means that we have 114 pitches worth of PITCHf/x for Putnam’s debut. Before we get into that, though, let’s get a few things out of the way: {exp:list_maker}Drafted by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Michigan Has started 15 of his 122 minor league games, but 2011 was his first year exclusively in the bullpen About 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.5 walks per nine innings over his minor league career {/exp:list_maker} For his stint with the Indians (7.1 innings, 10 hits, five runs, no walks, two hit batsmen, nine strikeouts), I could identify three clear pitches from Putnam. About half the time against righties and two-thirds of the time against lefties, Putnam relie...

The Colorado Rockies deal Kevin Slowey to the Indians

The Rockies have sent 27-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Slowey to the Cleveland Indians for 24-year old righty reliever Zach Putnam. Slowey was acquired earlier this winter in a deal with the Twins, so he didn’t get a chance to pitch for the Rockies. Putnam pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year (his first taste of the majors) and he was 1-1 with a 6...

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Rockies extend Closer Betancourt

The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has officially agreed to terms on a contract extension for right-handed relief pitcher and closer Rafael Betancourt. The new deal has Betancourt making $4MM this year, $4.25MM in 2013, and includes a $4.25MM option for 2014. 

Millwood, Mariners agree to minor league deal

Kevin Millwood and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said during a conference call Monday that Millwood will have a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation. The 37-year-old Millwood gets a $1 million salary if he makes Seattle's 40-man roster and he can earn an additional...

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Can Kevin Slowey Replace “Fausto Carmona”?

Other than noting the unfortunate nature of the whole story, I don’t have much to say about the pitcher formerly known as Fausto.  From what I can gather, it sounds like he’s not going to make it to Spring Training.  Which, I believe, means he’ll be put on the “restricted” list, a form of MLB purgatory wherein you do not receive a paycheck.  It’s mostly a sad story...

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