Rockies' general manager Dan O'Dowd had to be more than moderately pleased after Guthrie went six innings against St. Louis on July 4th, allowing only two runs, even if the team lost. In his last 18 1/3 innings, Guthrie's ERA has been 3.97, far improved from his overall season ERA of 6.56 coming into the game.
Now, will Guthrie be hotly desired by other teams before the trade deadline? He won't be any team's first choice and his body of work this season will lower his value but if teams believe he's healthy, then his body of work before this season (4.12 ERA in five seasons in Baltimore) will also factor into the price and that benefits the Rockies.
What could Guthrie bring in a trade now? Considering O'Dowd would want a positional player on a major-league roster or a prospect that is either a pitcher or positional talent, you might think the player won't make fans' hearts beat fast in anticipation of them in a Rockies' uniform but that doesn't mean a trade return won't have value. I can't say exactly what teams would part with but it won't be a top prospect.
It's up to O'Dowd to know a fair price, accept it and then hold firm to get it. Yes, the goal is to move Guthrie but it isn't to give him away for pennies on the dollar as Guthrie is a superior, yes superior player to the performance he's put in the books in 2012.
Rockies' Prospects Spotlight
Outfielder David Dahl, the club's first-round pick in 2012, had three more hits at Grand Junction and now is hitting .375, while going 17-for-37 (.459) in his last 10 games. He's simply been sensational, far more than the Rockies could have expected and is producing more than I anticipated as well. He has but one home run but has belted five doubles, three triples and walked more (6) than struck out (5). Dahl also has stolen five bases in seven attempts. All of that is quite a line of early success.
Tyler Matzek walked four and gave up five runs, four earned in 4 1/3 innings at High-A Modesto. Matzek's inconsistency continues to hold him back from advancing up the ladder in the system and one day might be his professional undoing.