The Colorado Rockies have acquired relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs from the Cardinals in exchange for the fourth slot international bonus money, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports.
Boggs, 29 years old, has had an absolutely dreadful 2013 campaign. In 14.2 innings before being sent down to the minors, Boggs posted an incredibly high 11.05 ERA to go along with an 0-3 record, 11 strikeouts and 15 walks. Hitters were absolutely teeing off of the Cardinals’ right hander, who actually started the season off as the Cardinals’ closer with Jason Motte on the shelf. He later lost the role to Edward Mujica, and was eventually demoted to the minor leagues.
However, Boggs has a history of success at the major league level. In 73.1 innings last year, he posted a solid 4-1 record to go along with a 2.21 ERA and 58 strikeouts and 21 walks. In his career, Boggs is a 4.15 ERA pitcher, but had been showing signs of noticeable improvement before his disastrous 2013. In 2010, his first season as a full-time reliever, Boggs posted a 3.61 ERA and 3.6 walks per 9. He improved those numbers to 3.56 and 3.1 in 2011, before his career year in 2012.
The Rockies’ bullpen, currently anchored by lefty Rex Brothers (0.98 ERA, 4 saves) could use a strong right handed presence. In response to this, the Rockies have designated Joe Gardner for assignment, so Boggs is on the roster. If he can return to his 2012 form, the Rockies may have gotten a great deal here.