Curtis Leskanic, who last pitched in 2004 after an 11-year career as a reliever for the Rockies, Brewers, Red Sox, and Royals, was arrested over the weekend in Florida for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit.
Leskanic had a blood-alcohol level of .331, compared to the legal limit of .08, and Gary Taylor of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the 44-year-old was also charged with child neglect because his 5-year-old daughter was asleep in the vehicle.
According to the police report Leskanic’s truck was “swerving all over the road” at around 7:30 pm Sunday and the responding officer found him “hunched over as if he was sleeping.” Once he woke up Leskanic reportedly handed the officer his scout identification card from MLB, failed roadside sobriety tests, and had to be hospitalized after “swearing and exhibiting hostile behavior.”
The Rockies are looking for a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher,” per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He notes that the club is also in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
Starting pitching has not been the Rockies’ strong suit in recent years. The club had baseball’s fifth-worst rotation ERA in baseball this past season at 4.79. It’s tough to entice big-name free agent pitchers to pitch given how their stats are adversely affected by the hitter-friendly nature of Coors Field. Trading would be one way around that.
Though Chris Sale is off the board, the Rockies could still try to pry Chris Archer from the Rays or Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
As presently constructed, the Rockies’ rotation includes Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and German Marquez.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo passes along an interesting piece of information. New Yankees OF/DH Matt Holliday has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to exactly one team: the Athletics.
Holliday was briefly a member of the A’s back in 2009. He had a decent two months in Oakland, so it isn’t as if he feels he couldn’t produce there. However, the A’s do play their home games at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which is the fifth-oldest stadium in baseball, having opened in 1966. You may recall that the Coliseum has had some issues recently. Three years ago, the coaches’ bathroom overflowed with sewage and sewage also came out of faucets. Earlier this year, there were more plumbing issues as the Yankees’ clubhouse toilet was backed up and water overflowed into the dugout. It’s understandable why Holliday might not want to play half his games there.