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Reports: Rockies To Get Yoshii

January 14, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ The Colorado Rockies will send two pitchers to the New York Mets for veteran starter Masato Yoshii, according to published reports today.

The Denver Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and New York Post all reported the trade in today’s editions, according to unidentified sources.

The Rockies will send left-handed pitcher Bobby Jones and right-handed relief prospect Lariel Gonzalez to the Mets for the 34-year-old Yoshii.

The deal also opens a Colorado roster spot for free-agent outfielder Darren Bragg, whose signing is expected to be announced today.

The acquisition of Yoshii would give the Rockies pitching depth. Besides holdovers Pedro Astacio _ who tied a club record with 17 wins in 1999 _ and Brian Bohanon, general manager Dan O’Dowd has acquired five candidates for the rotation during the offseason.

The Mets already have a right-handed starter named Bobby Jones who is expected to be in the rotation, along with lefties Mike Hampton and Al Leiter, and right-hander Rick Reed.

Yoshii went 12-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 31 games last year, 29 starts. He lost his spot in the Mets’ rotation midway through the season, but regained it when injuries opened a position. He was 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in three postseason starts.

Jones, 27, was 6-10 with a 6.33 ERA in 30 games with the Rockies last season, making 20 starts.

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