UPDATED 12/10/2013 1:36p.m.
A day that started with reports that the Oakland Athletics might be backing off their desire to trade left-hander Brett Anderson has apparently ended with the 25-year-old heading to the Colorado Rockies.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, via Twitter:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2013
Jane Lee of MLB.com reported via Twitter that the A’s will also send cash to the Rockies as part of the deal.
Conflicting reports emerged Tuesday morning from baseball’s winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., regarding the Oakland Athletics desire to move left-hander Brett Anderson.
However, by this afternoon, MLB.com was reporting that the A’s and Colorado Rockies were talking players again, with left-hander Drew Pomeranz emerging as a potential centerpiece of a package that would come back to Oakland in a potential deal.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported via Twitter this morning that talks had cooled a bit:
Sources: Teams believe A’s have cooled on idea of trading Brett Anderson this week. May still go eventually. Just not close to a guarantee.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10, 2013
But later this morning, Troy Renck of The Denver Post reported that talks with the Colorado Rockies involving the 25-year-old had revived.
According to Renck, the talks had heated quickly Monday night, then faded a bit, but are still out there.
Anderson has made just 43 starts and 54 total appearances in the last four seasons because of a variety of ailments ranging from Tommy John surgery in 2011 to a foot problem that limited him to five starts, 11 relief appearances and 44.2 innings last season.
But Pomeranz has his own injury history, of course. He had an appendectomy in 2011 and experienced tendinitis in his left biceps last season.
The fifth overall selection in 2010 by the Cleveland Indians out of the University of Mississippi, Pomeranz wound up as the player to be named later sent to Colorado in the 2011 deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians.
In eight appearances and four starts last season, Pomeranz had a 6.23 ERA and 2.031 WHIP in 21.2 innings with 19 walks against 19 strikeouts.
He made 22 starts for the Rockies in 2012–the year of the infamous six-man, 75-pitches-and-out rotation–and was 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA and 1.479 WHIP in 96.2 innings with 83 strikeouts.
Jensen, 23, is a right-hander who was taken by Colorado in the sixth round in 2011 out of the University of San Diego.
Last season, he made 28 starts for High-A Modesto, where he was 5-8 with a 4.55 ERA and 1.313 WHIP with 136 strikeouts in 152.1 innings.