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Jeremy Guthrie meets with the media at Kauffman Stadium

The Royals’ newest acquisition, right hander Jeremy Guthrie, spoke with the media this afternoon following batting practice prior to tonight’s game.  The Royals acquired Jeremy from Colorado through a trade that sent left hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies on Friday.  Jeremy said he follows all of baseball, therefore he knew where the Royals were and where they were headed before the trade and he is excited to be here.  Jeremy had a bit of a rocky start with Colorado this season, but he cautioned there is no guarantee of success with a change of scenery.  He said you have to pitch well and he has felt good all season, but has not seen the results he has wanted.  He went on to say he just has to continue to work hard and give his best for the team and see what happens. 

A question was then asked involving what he is expecting out of his first start with the Royals tomorrow afternoon.  Jeremy commented that he is excited to put on the powder blue top tomorrow because he likes the way they look, but in all seriousness said he is looking to go out there and throw a good game and hopefully give the team a chance to win.  When asked about nerves for the first start with a new team he said there were none, however, he is just excited to get out there.  Jeremy spent eight years prior to moving over to Colorado in the American League, including three in the Central Division with Cleveland, so he is already somewhat familiar with it and the players.  He said it is good because he spent many years studying hitters and other aspects of the A.L. so he hopes to be able to pick back up where he left off a few months ago and go from there.  In his career against the Twins, who he faces tomorrow, he is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA (46.2 IP, 14 ER) in six starts (eight appearances).

Dayton Moore, Ned Yost comment on trade for Guthrie

Royals’ general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost each met with the media this afternoon inside the dugout to discuss this morning’s trade with Colorado that sent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie.  Dayton said Guthrie did not work out the way the Rockies had hoped this season and Sanchez did not the way they hoped in Kansas City either, therefore this trade will give both pitchers a shot at a fresh start.  Dayton said they wish Jonathan the best in his future with Colorado and they are expecting Jeremy to come in and do a very good job for the Royals and give them some innings and stability in the rotation.  Dayton is hopeful he will pitch better in this second half and away from Colorado. 

Yost said Jeremy has a good fastball, a good slider, a decent curveball and a decent changeup.  He went on to say he was Baltimore’s number one starter in 2009-2011 and when the Royals have faced him in the past he has been very good.  Yost also said he was not only impressed with his stuff, but also his competitiveness on the mound.  He said there are certain instances and situations when a change in scenery is what is needed and a player will really benefit from that.  Yost offered pitcher Felipe Paulino as an example when he too came over from Colorado in 2011 after a rocky start.  He then said they are hopeful Jeremy will take a lot of pressure off the bullpen by providing good innings and he will really help out the staff as a whole.  He said they are excited to get Jeremy over here and he is looking forward to see where this takes the Royals. 

Jeremy’s numbers with the Rockies, especially at their home park Coors Field, were not outstanding and was the topic of discussion for the media, Moore and Yost.  Dayton said he does not know what kind of affect pitching at Coors Field had on Jeremy and some pitchers go out there and pitch very well and others do not.  He went on to say when he spoke with Jeremy earlier today he did not make any excuses about the way he pitched involving the ballpark or the elevation, instead he just felt he was not making good enough pitches and guys were squaring him up.  Yost said in the light air at Coors in Colorado it is tough to pitch.  He said, for whatever reason, it is harder to spin a breaking ball and command the ball.  He said it is very dry out there which makes pitching tougher because pitchers will tell you that humidity and moisture help grip a baseball.  He said that is why you see guys lick their fingers or wipe sweat off their brow when their on the mound, it’s because that moisture helps you spin the ball and get a grip on the ball.  He said it is difficult to get that same feeling on a ball out in Colorado.  Yost said he feels it is going to be different for him to come here and he feels the conditions are set up favorably for him to have success here. 

Yost said the addition of Jeremy to the roster and rotation will send Everett Teaford into the bullpen and back into a long relief role.  He said Teaford is a great guy for that role and has proved that he can be trusted to come in the game in situations like that and keep a game where it is while eating up innings and saving the bullpen.  He said he likes Teaford in the starting role as well, but Luis Mendoza has been doing well and they want to give Will Smith more time starting too, therefore long relief is what he will do right now.

Jeremy Guthrie is excited for an opportunity in Kansas City

New Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie spoke with media members on a conference call today.  Guthrie said right away that he is excited to be with the Royals.  Guthrie is disappointed that he could not win more games for Colorado, but sees a perfect fit with a core of young players in Kansas City.  He is eager to set a good example for the staff through his work ethic. 

Guthrie is going from the high altitude of Colorado to an expansive outfield at Kauffman Stadium.  He recognizes The K as a good park for pitchers and believes that Kansas City’s defense makes it even better. 

The 33-year old has struggled this year, allowing 21 home runs, the most by a National League pitcher.  He acknowledges that hitters were making too much solid contact and said that the home runs were not wall scrapers – most would have been out of any stadium.  He felt like he had good stuff in his last start at Coors…and as for the impact from Colorado’s altitude, he stated, “I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know”.

Reporters asked the right-hander about his freak bicycle accident, which occurred in April.  Guthrie said that a rear piece of the bike popped loose, forcing the tension in the chain to be lost.  He stumbled sideways and jammed his elbow into the ground.  He described the injury as more of a football injury that typically occurs with contact. 

Guthrie has always worked hard to stay healthy – which shows as he has pitched 200+ innings in each season from 2009 to 2011.  He also has a connection in Kansas City as head trainer Nick Kenney was an assistant trainer while the pair were with Cleveland.

Guthrie described himself as a person that is always optimistic and ready for the next challenge.  The Stanford product knows that he can learn from his experience in Colorado and is ready to pitch in front of some great fans here in Kansas City!  He is slated to join the club here tomorrow and will wear uniform #33.

Royals acquire pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from Rockies for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez

 The Royals today acquired right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez

Guthrie, 33, is 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA in 19 games, including 15 starts, for Colorado in 2012.  He has pitched well away from Coors Field, posting a 3.67 ERA in 10 games (8 starts) on the road.  The six-foot-one, 205-pound right-hander is 50-74 with a 4.37 ERA in 196 career outings (169 starts) for the Indians (2004-06), Orioles (2007-11) and Rockies (2012).  The Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Guthrie posted double-digit wins in three straight seasons for Baltimore in 2008-2010 and has topped the 200-inning mark in each of his last three seasons entering 2012.  He pitched for the United States at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Originally a first-round selection (22nd overall) for Cleveland in 2002 out of Stanford University, Guthrie was claimed off waivers by Baltimore in 2007 and then was traded to Colorado on February 6, 2012 in exchange for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. Born and raised in Oregon, Guthrie and his wife, Jenny, now reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and have a daughter, Avery, and two sons, Hudson and Dash.

The 29-year-old Sanchez was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals this season after being acquired from the San Francisco Giants with left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo for outfielder Melky Cabrera on November 7, 2011.  He was designated for assignment by the Royals on Tuesday, July 17.

 

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