Free Agent Stock Watch: Jorge De La Rosa

29-year-old Rockies lefty Jorge de la Rosa is one of the more interesting names among the 2011 free agent starting pitcher class.  He had a breakout season in '09, winning 16 of 32 starts and whiffing 193 batters.  De La Rosa and the Rockies agreed on a $5.6MM base salary for 2010, as the pitcher wasn't impressed by the team's three-year, $11MM offer.  According to Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd, the sides were "light years apart" on an extension.

The Rockies wanted to know if De La Rosa can repeat or improve upon his 2009 season.  In his first four starts of 2010, he bumped his strikeout rate up to 10.2 per nine and his groundball rate up to 61.4%.  Carried out over a full season, those numbers would make GMs salivate.  On the other hand, De La Rosa's walk rate rose to the danger zone of 5.1 per nine.  Though he never racked up a similar groundball rate, teams might draw an Oliver Perez comparison and keep their distance.

Perez's three-year, $36MM contract did seem to be a reasonable baseline for De La Rosa.  Teams aren't giving out pitching contracts so freely anymore, though, so just to approach $30MM like Randy Wolf might've sufficed.

However, De La Rosa's price will be further depressed because of an injury he suffered on Monday.  It was initially described as a bruised finger, but now he's going to be out "for a while" with a torn flexor tendon band.  Baseball Prospectus' Will Carroll believes De La Rosa could miss at least a month with the finger injury, and even draws a scary Adam Miller comparison (while noting that Miller's "damage was much more extensive.")  Suddenly the free agent hot commodity carries an injury concern, and the pressure is on De La Rosa to come back strong in June.

5 Responses to Free Agent Stock Watch: Jorge De La Rosa Leave a Reply

  1. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    that is such an awsome name. but anyways, i think he will probably end up with a randy wolf type contract. 3/30 sounds pretty fair in my mind.

  2. Redhawk 5 years ago

    George of the Rose has made huge strides over the years with the Rockies. Last year was legit. Every once in awhile he gets a little wild, and some times for a whole game. He’s got a great fast ball, in the mid 90’s left handed. He doesn’t like working out of the stretch, so if he starts to get wild, he can get rattled. Which a few years ago, seemed like every game. Last year, it looked like he got over that for the most part.

    I doubt if the Rockies spend $10mil per year on him. Unless Chacin and Rogers both stink it up this year.

  3. bigpat 5 years ago

    I could see the Mariners giving him a three year deal next year if I had to pick a destination. The Reds can also be a good spot if they let Arroyo and Harang go. This guy could help out a lot of teams if he has another good season. He seems like he has all the skills to be a very good pitcher, but how many times have we seen a guy sign a big contract and flop? It could very well happen as well.

  4. he would be worth more bucks and a no.1 starter if he weren’t so injury prone or if his pitch count didn’t always go so high. i hive him 3 years 27 mil

  5. Redhawk 5 years ago

    My point really was the Rockies couldn’t pay him that kind of money. The Rockies are pretty middle class. I think some team will give JDLR 3years/$30million, based on his improvement. And I’m pretty sure…that’s not the Rockies, even if they wanted to.

    Also the Rockies have some prospects that are needing a spot. Two biggest ones will be getting early start due to the injuries.

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