Luke Hochevar, available, could be of interest to Rockies

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

A Denver native, Luke Hochevar might be an option as the Colorado Rockies look for pitching help.

Desperate for pitching help, the Colorado Rockies could look into a native son this offseason in the form of Denver-born Luke Hochevar. Denver Post beat writer Troy Renck recently speculated Hochevar could be a trade target for the Rockies on Twitter.

Hochevar, along with fellow starting pitcher Bruce Chen, are reportedly being shopped by the Kansas City Royals. A former first overall draft pick, Hochevar has been less than stellar in his big league career. Last season he went 8-16 with a 5.73 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 144 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched. He has a 5.39 ERA in six career seasons, and he has two seasons of arbitration eligibility left.

It wouldn't be the first time in recent history the Royals and Rockies have matched up on a deal for starting pitching. The Royals acquired Jeremy Guthrie for Jonathan Sanchez last year in the middle of the season. That trade was favorable for Kansas City, as Guthrie thrived (enough to re-sign with the team recently) while Sanchez was abysmal in Denver.

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