The Angels have designated pitcher Michael Roth for assignment, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. The Angels put Mike Morin on the 40-man roster to clear up the opening.
Roth, who made his Major League debut last season, struggled in four starts at Double-A Arkansas. He allowed 13 runs with a 10/12 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. He showed no progress after getting hit around in 20 innings in the big leagues in 2013, when he posted a 5.40 ERA.
Roth made his way through the Angels’ system quickly, going from rookie ball in 2012 to starting the season at Double-A last season, and getting the call to the big leagues in mid-April. Roth could draw some outside interest, as he’s still only 24 years old, but his stuff — his average fastball velocity is in the high-80’s — doesn’t leave much projectability.
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.