Slowey sent to Rockies

6 Dec

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Thomas Harding, the Rockies writer for, notes this morning that the Twins and Rockies have agreed on a deal that will send Kevin Slowey to Colorado for a Player to be Named Later.

The move opens up a spot on the Twins 40 man roster which may allow them to either make a Rule 5 pick on Thursday or sign another free agent. I’ll let others speculate. My speculation is simply that the PTBNL will come from a list of players who are eligible for the Rule 5 draft and the teams will see who, if anyone from the Rockies, gets selected. Of course I could be wrong, but it does seem reasonable.

The Twins drafted Kevin Slowey in 2005 out of Winthrop University. He flew through the minor leagues, posting an ERA of 1.17 at Elizabethton, 2.24 at Beloit, 1.32 at Ft. Myers, 3.19 in New Britain and 2.29 in Rochester. He debuted with the Twins in Oakland on June 1, 2007, less than two years after being drafted. Coming into the 2011 season, he had a record of 39-21 in the big leagues yet for some reason last year, he was pushed to the bullpen and didn’t respond well. He went on the DL with arm and side injuries, and when he pitched out of the ‘pen, found it hard to get ready. Many criticized Slowey, which is really too bad. Bert Blyleven wasn’t afraid to bash him on FSN which tells me that he got that from somewhere in the management of the organization. It’s too bad. As many in the Twins media continued to bash him, Slowey never turned it the other way on the team. He’s a good pitcher. He should have been starting all along.

Slowey did his first Q&A at following his first professional season and competed for years in the NFL “Expert” Picks. He is incredibly smart and thought-filled. That definitely seems to rub a lot of people wrong in the Twins organization. I could go on and on, I’m sure.

For Kevin Slowey, this is a great thing. He is getting out of an organization who didn’t appreciate who he is and the type of pitcher that he is. The Rockies have been interested in Slowey for a long time. He should jump into their rotation and it would not be at all surprising to see him  become very successful.

I certainly wish him the best of luck!

Feel free to comment!


37 Responses to “Slowey sent to Rockies”

  1. dave December 6, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Great. Resign Capps for way too much money and dump Slowey for…..what? So much for good vibrations.

  2. John December 6, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Another stupid move by Ryan. Why sell low on a cheap young arm with upside…….probably to cover for the moronic move where u gave up a first rounder for crapps and his 4.0 strikeout rate.

    I am canceling my season tix.

    • Brad Beneke December 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      isn’t it a little late to cancel your season tickets? Please let me know for sure… I go in with a buddy of mine on Season tickets every year, and if we can cancel…

  3. thrylos98 December 6, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    This move will be a bigger part of Terry Ryan’s legacy than non-tendering David Ortiz. Totally disgusted. No words to describe it.

    • Brad Beneke December 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      been a long time Thrylos, I hope that all is well with you. It’s just Kevin Slowey. The Capps signing was worse.

  4. TT December 6, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Seth –

    It might be a rule 5 guy, but that doesn’t make much obvious sense. With the Twins able to just take the player, why would they give up Slowey for him?

    Perhaps the PTBL is on the major league roster. So making him a PTBNL opens a roster spot for the Twins now. They will have to create space for him later, but there are a number of ways to do that, including a multi-player deal or trading a guy on the major league roster for minor league prospects.

  5. Keli December 6, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Wobble indicated that it is likely someone who is NOT on the 40-man roster, which makes more sense as per TT above. Nobody is better than TRyan at identifying a talented A-ball player, so let’s hope this can turn into at least a Jason Bartlett.

  6. Greg December 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Cancelling season tickets,due to a trade of this player? comparing this to the non tender of Ortiz? Good move overall for the Twins. Can’t speculate any further of the PTBL, waisted energy.

    Ryan has done more to get the Twins going in signings and player movement.

    Plus, i think they have someone in mind from the mionor league draft, so, they have one spot open so far..

    Win Twins!

  7. neal polister December 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    As usual, Seth, you’re “spot on” here…I think you hit it on the head regards him being smart and thoughtful and the coaching staff and others not being able to handle this about him. And he is going to turn into a great pitcher with the Rockies, agreed.

  8. JB_Iowa December 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    As with Delmon, I wish Slowey all the best. I hope they flourish under different management.

    And I still want to see an infusion of “new blood” and better yet, “new thinking” in the Twins front office. And Wayne Krivsky isn’t it.

  9. rhobbs December 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    To trade a young above average starting pitcher for a PTBL is insanity, pure and simple, on any staff but especially one this enfeebled. This club has eschewed “college boys” (Gene Larkin being the lone exception that comes to mind) dating back to the TK days. This is just another cruel example of Gardy wanting his posse around him at the expense of reason. Tick tock Gardy. Tick tock.

  10. DB December 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Was everyone else watching a different Kevin Slowey than me? I was watching a Kevin Slowey that went 0-8 as a starter at the end of the year. After claiming to be healthy. Why in the world would they pay $3 mil for a guy who has never been healthy for a full mlb season, and hasn’t won a game since 2010? Above average?

    This team can’t afford 2 crappy overpaid pitchers (Blackburn). At least they might get something back for him. I hope he does better down the line, and I wish him luck keeping the ball in the park in Denver.

  11. Riley December 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    DB is right on. Slowey is not worth what he’d receive in arbitration. He’s a fly ball pitcher going to Denver. What are the Rockies expecting??

  12. chermesz December 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I agree with DB. As much as Slowey was my favorite player for years, something happened to his fastball post write surgery. The ball didn’t move anymore and his strikeout rate went down as his batting average against went up. He’s not the same pitcher he used to be. I hope I’m wrong and I hope the best for him.

  13. chermesz December 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    That was meant to be wrist surgery.

  14. TT December 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    There is a report that they will announce the PTBL on Thursday. That would indicate Seth is right and the PTBNL is rule 5 eligible. The Denver Post has reported that Parker Frazier is a possibility. He is an A ball pitcher, so they may like him but don’t think he is ready to stay on the roster.

  15. rhobbs December 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Seth, do you have any clue what percentage of PTBL’s in trades make it to the Show? I am sure that number is out there somewhere but whatever it is; it is darn low. You just don’t give up on good young “ready now” arms. Example: Glenn Perkins was written off for dead and he was the club’s best pitcher last year by a mile. Yes, Slowey struggled in 2011 after being in the dog house but rarely do pitchers have long uninterrupted stretches of success.

  16. Pat McGauley December 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    I always liked Kevin and believe, as you do, that he got a raw deal from the Twins. I had hoped that Terry Ryan would have a different attitude than Bill and Gardy . . . not so. I still think that the ‘T.K.’ influence still prevails. If Kelly doesn’t like someone, they are toast. All of that, however, behind the scenes. I’m not a Kelly devotee.

  17. birdofprey December 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Some of you people just crack me up! Yeah, the Twins just can’t handle smart and thoughtful players. They mishandled Slowey by refusing to allow him to outsmart the opposing batters. Hence the 6.17 ERA. All the fault goes to Gardy, Anderson, and the other dummies in the organization. They should read a book every once in awhile and lay off those there edurcated players. No possibility whatsoever that Slowey is his own worst enemy, is there? No chance the league caught up with his stuff, leading to a long uninterrupted stretch of ineptiitude. No chance Slowey became a problem child. Nope. Another clear example that we need to clean house. Sure hope the PTNL is dumber than a bag of balls.

  18. PK December 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Seth, I think you mostly got it right about Slowey and the way he has been treated. But I also agree with Chermez in wondering if the wrist injury and surgery have had more to do with his bad showing in 2011. I certainly hope he will bounce back in 2012 and go on to a successful career.

    Can’t help but wonder a little bit why the Rockies like him so much. Fly ball pitcher in Denver? It will be interesting to follow his performance next year.

  19. DB December 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    One more thought on Slowey. He’s never been that fantastic. He’s only had one season with an ERA below 4.00 (3.99, ’08), his career average ERA is 4.66, he’s only pitched over 100 innings twice in five seasons with 160.1 being his career high, and his career WAR is 3.7. That’s a .74 WAR/yr average. A good organization should be able to find that kind of production for league minimum IMO.

  20. gobbledy December 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    weather slowey is at fault or not, it is really stupid for the twins front office and media to trash the guy. all that did was lower his value. when you go in to trade a car you don’t tell the salesman all the things wrong with it you tell him all the things good about it. if the twins had issues with slowey do it behind closed doors and keep it private.

    • DB December 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm #


  21. TT December 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    “what percentage of PTBL’s in trades make it to the Show?”

    In general, trades for prospects fail. But PTBNL’s just means the player wasn’t named at the time of the trade. It has nothing to do with how good a player they are, they are even sometimes already in the major leagues.

    The reason people think PTBNL’s are lousy players is that this designation is used a lot during the season where a player is being moved for minimal compensation. Usually a low grade prospect.

  22. rhobbs December 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I guess your response is a criticism of my comments. I assumed people knew what a PTBNL pool typically is; a group of low grade prospects to which the offering club is indifferent and from which the receiving club can select. In my recollection, I can not remember a trade where that player was on a MLB roster. Thusly, unless this an extrordinary event, Slowey was traded for someone who has a minimal mathematical probability of ever playing for the Twins.

    • DB December 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      I think you’re probably right on your PTBNL theory, but Michael Brantley, Jeremy Bonderman, Scott Podsednik, Coco Crisp, Moises Alou, Jason Schmidt, and David Ortiz were all PTBNL’s. They have all had at least some success in the show. You just never know.

  23. Shane Wahl December 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Haha! Parker Frazier is listed at Baseball Reference as 6’5″, 159 pounds. That is a funny image. Also . . . he looks like he is terrible. I really hope it is not him.

  24. dave December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Well, he is described as “slender.”

  25. Ruth December 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Godspeed, Kevin Slowey. I will miss you, but I’m happy you have a chance to start fresh in Colorado. I ‘m now a Rockies fan!

  26. Scruffy Rube December 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Greatest Slowey story I ever heard; while working a charity dinner a few years back Slowey was unfailingly polite to customers, staff at the restaurant and even helped the dishwashers in the back when things got messy–a classy guy who seemed well liked by people in the organization and clubhouse until this spring when things seemed to fall apart.

    I wish Slowey all the best, and take solace in the fact that Terry Ryan’s a known poacher of minor league systems…maybe he played off the Rockies blind love to get a little more than he would have otherwise.

  27. scot December 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Good Luck Kevin with your new team!

  28. Doug December 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Good luck in Colorado, Kevin! You are a class act and always a great guy when I saw you when you played for New Britian.

  29. darin December 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I can’t recall last season (nor do I want to) but did good Old Bert ever make anything near to a comment about the Golden Boy Joe Mauer last season between Slowey bashing? Slowey would have been a better fit for the Padres than the Rockies. Simple thought “if” Slowey makes the Rockies starting rotation what will be the greater total, Slowey wins or Mauer HR’s?

    • Brad Beneke December 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      Slowey’s Wins. 2 Mauer’s homeruns 0

  30. Brad Beneke December 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I’m not understanding the level of bitterness and anger I’m seeing on the Twins getting rid of a NON TENDER candidate before the Rule 5 draft? I didn’t see Slowey as making the rotation. To see more outrage online for dumping Slowey who never recovered from his wrist surgery in comparison to the general shrug of the shoulders that Twins fans have had over the signing of Matt Capps is baffling. Losing Slowey won’t hurt this team at all. I do wish him well, and if he wins 20 and a cy young with the Rockies then I’m wrong, but losing a draft pick, and a lousy reliever in the process like Capps would have been a classic win-win situation in my opinion.

  31. Greg December 7, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Well, everybody is GM here and unfortuantely Slowey is gone. Who the Twins get will soon be determined.

    I like the fact Ryan is in charge overall, we stand a better chance.

    Win Twins!

  32. Jason December 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    Um, you really think Slowey will do well at Coors field? Seriously? I understand he was great to work with, but he’s the definition of a fly ball pitcher who got shipped to a park where the ball consistently flies out of the park. I realize I am going against the grain here but don’t the Twins have enough of the Slowey type anyway…?

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