Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Colorado Rockies trade Alex White to Astros for Wilton Lopez

Alex White never realized his potential in a Rockies uniform.
The Colorado Rockies dealt starting pitcher Alex White, one of the main pieces of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, to the Houston Astros for late-inning reliever Wilton Lopez.

Lopez is a 29-year-old who owns a career ERA of 3.14 since 2009. He went 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA with 10 saves for the league-worst Astros in 2012.

White leaves Colorado as a tremendous disappointment after being seen as a potential front-end starter when he was included in the Jimenez trade that also brought back Drew Pomeranz. The problem for the right-hander was as simple as not throwing enough strikes. He got behind in counts far too often, then gave up the long ball after being forced into fastball counts.