December 12, 2006

Jennings Traded

Today, the Rockies finally moved pitcher Jason Jennings. For awhile, many people thought that the Twins were the front-runners for Jennings, but talks broke down when the Rockies asked for more than the Twins were willing to give up. But today, another team that was mentioned late, the Houston Astros traded for him.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Astros will send center fielder Willy Taveras and right-handers Jason Hirsh and Taylor Buchholz to the Rockies in exchange for both Jason Jennings along with minor-leaguer Miguel Asencio.

After seeing this trade, its obvious why the Twins weren't able to complete this deal. The Astros gave up quite a lot as far as their future talent goes. Taveras has shown a lot so far in the majors and Hirsh is ranked as the number nine prospect on Baseball America's prospect list.

Also according to Rosenthal, this deal is similar to the deal that the Astros tried to use to get Garland last week. Jennings will take Pettitte's spot in the rotation and the Astros and Jennings may be close to a long-term deal.

Houston deals for Colorado's Jennings