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Former Ray part of deal that sends Guthrie to Rockies

DENVER — The Rockies acquired veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie from the Orioles on Monday to try to bolster their young rotation.

In exchange, Colorado sent former Rays right-hander Jason Hammel and right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom to Baltimore.

Guthrie, the Orioles' opening day starter three of the past four seasons, had a solid 4.33 ERA in 34 appearances last season but was saddled with an AL-high 17 losses by a Baltimore team that finished 69-93. He has pitched 200 or more innings the past three seasons.

Guthrie, who turns 33 in April, agreed to a one-year, $8.2 million contract with the Rockies, avoiding arbitration.

The acquisition of Guthrie gives the Rockies another experienced arm in their rotation, especially with lefty Jorge De La Rosa still mending after elbow surgery that sidelined him last season.

Hammel, 29, began his pro career in the Rays system and pitched parts of three seasons for Tampa Bay before being traded to Colorado in April 2009. He shuffled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, going 7-13 with a 4.67 ERA in 32 appearances.

Lindstrom, 31, is a former closer who had a career-best 3.00 ERA in 54 innings in his first season in the Mile High City.

RUGGIANO TO HOUSTON: Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, a member of the Rays organization since being acquired from the Dodgers in July 2006, agreed to a minor-league deal with the Astros. Ruggiano, 29, became a free agent after declining an assignment to Triple-A Durham.

CARDINALS: Infielder Alex Cora, 36, agreed to a minor-league contract and will get an $800,000 deal if added to the 40-man roster.

CUBS: Infielder Adrian Cardenas, 24, was claimed off waivers from the Athletics, and infielder Blake DeWitt, 26, was designated for assignment.

MARINERS: Former Rays right-hander Shawn Camp, 36, and left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, 30, agreed to one-year deals. … Minor-league catcher Christian Carmichael was suspended 50 games for a positive drug test.

NATIONALS: Outfielders Rick Ankiel, 32, and Mark Teahen, 30, agreed to minor-league contracts.

RANGERS: Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel, 34, and first baseman/outfielder Conor Jackson, 29, agreed to minor-league contracts.

Former Ray part of deal that sends Guthrie to Rockies 02/06/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 6, 2012 8:43pm]

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