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Colorado Rockies Trade INF Clint Barmes To Houston For RHP Felipe Paulino

The Colorado Rockies have announced they have traded longtime Rockies infielder Clint Barmes to the Houston Astros for RHP Felipe Paulino.

#Rockies acquire RHP Felipe Paulino from #Astros in exchange for INF Clint Barmes.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

 

Considering Barmes was unlikely to receive a contract offer from Colorado and would become a free agent, any trade is surprising. 

Paulino will be entering his first year of arbitration -- the main reason Houston was willing to give him up in trade -- and has an uninspiring major league history so far. He appeared in 19 games last season for Houston, starting 14 of them, and finished the season with a 5.11 ERA. At this point in his career, he is nothing more than emergency pitching depth for Colorado and can be used as a spot starter in case of injury.

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