The Colorado Rockies have acquired outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for left-handed pitcher Josh Outman on Monday, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Twenty-nine year old Stubbs hit .233/.305/.360 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI (90 OPS+) in 146 games in 2013 with the Cleveland Indians. Over his career, Stubbs has hit .239/.310/.381 while averaging 18 home runs and 57 RBI per season. The former number eight overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds has yet to flourish in the Major Leagues. Moving to Coors Field could really help jump-start Stubbs' career. He remains under contract through the 2015 season.
Outman, 29 as well, went 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 61 games with the Colorado Rockies in 2013. He got his first full Major League action in 2013 and pitched about average (102 ERA+). Perhaps moving out of Coors Field could help the lefty who also needs a jump-start to his career. In his 121 career MLB appearances, Outman is 12-11 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP (94 ERA+). He remains under contract through the 2015 season as well.
In this trade, the Rockies and Indians swap players who have needed a jump-start to their Major League careers. Stubbs and Outman may just need a change in scenery, which their new respective teams will provide. Nonetheless, this was an interesting trade that could pan out for either team. The players included have the potential, but have yet to show it off consistently at the Major League level.