Barmes sent to Astros for Paulino…
Well the Rockies have freed up the infield logjam a little in moving a fan favorite in Clint Barmes to the Astros for pitcher Felipe Paulino. DenverPost.com story here. Barmes suffered from a bit of a hitting slump last season which resulted in the increased playing time of Jonathan Herrera and Eric Young Jr at second base.
In all honesty the business side of baseball doesnt care much about fan favorites. And though Barmes is a hard-nosed, blue collar ballplayer with a great glove in the infield, the Rockies had little choice in moving him with the upside of Hererra and Young. That doesnt mean the Rox wont sign another veteran infielder to challenge the young guys, which I expect they will do during the offseason.
Felipe Paulino comes to the Rockies with a 6-21 win-loss record and an ERA of 5.83 over 3 seasons. Paulino appeared in a career high of 23 games in 2009, starting in 17 of those games, also a career high. He also recorded his career high in strikeouts in the ’09 season with 93, but also gave up 20 homeruns. If there is anything good to report, it would be that Paulino’s ERA has gone down each of his 3 seasons from 7.11 in 2008, to 6.27 in 2009, to 5.11 last season.