Hammel Out, Neiman In

Jason Hammel was traded to the Colorado Rockies for right-hander Aneury Rodriguez.  Baseball America ranked Rodriguez as the Rockies’ No. 16 prospect after he went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and 139 strikeouts and 40 walks in 156 innings at Class A Modesto in 2008; he was scheduled to start the season at Double-A Tulsa.

Obviously, this trade means  Jeff Neiman will fill in the number 5 spot in the starting rotation. I think Neiman was the right choice after proving his dominance this Spring Training.  He was on top of my list to fill in the spot, especially when David Price was ultimately considered to be out of the mix.

Neiman is scheduled to make his first start this weekend against the Orioles, lets just hope this decision was the right one for the team.

Topics: Jason Hamell, Jeff Niemann

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