Rockies Reach Agreement With De La Rosa

10:38pm: The Rockies will pay De La Rosa $32-33MM over three years, according to Rosenthal (on Twitter).  Renck says the Rockies and De La Rosa have an agreement in principle, though there is still some question about whether the lefty prefers two or three years.

9:06pm: It's a big day for the Rockies. Not only are they nearing a mega-deal with their All-Star shortstop, they're close to a three-year contract with Jorge de la Rosa, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). De La Rosa and teammate Troy Tulowitzki are both represented by TWC Sports.

Rosenthal reported earlier tonight that the Nationals also made De La Rosa an offer. The Pirates, Orioles, Rangers, Brewers and Yankees also had some interest in Type A free agent. The Rockies would have obtained two compensation picks had De La Rosa signed elsewhere.

Now that De La Rosa, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Javier Vazquez, Jon Garland and Jake Westbrook have signed deals, there's not much left on the starting pitching market other than Cliff Lee and Carl Pavano. As MLBTR's Tim Dierkes explained earlier today, many teams could be looking to add starters.


29 Responses to Rockies Reach Agreement With De La Rosa Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    My guess is this is one of Dan O’Dowd’s better career days!

    Great signing for the Rockies!

    • AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs 5 years ago

      the years are nothing, how great this signing is depends on the dollars.

  2. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I don’t want the Pirates to go after Scott Olsen!

    • bbxxj 5 years ago

      I think the Rockies just did the Pirates a solid, honestly. 200 veteran innings would be great in the Pirates rotation but going big money for four years would be a mistake.

      • BLZR 5 years ago

        De La Rosa wouldn’t throw 200 innings anyway. He’s only topped 130 once.

    • Smrtbusnisman04 5 years ago

      I don’t like Olsen either, but I don’t want the Pirates wasting $12 million a year on a number 3-4 starter. I want them to get an ace, but the free agency pool is just not that good and deep this year.

      The Brewers can waste time and money on average pitchers (i.e. Suppan and Wolf), but the Pirates won’t.

      • roberty 5 years ago

        Why would an ace caliber pitcher sign with the Pirates? People play baseball to win.

        • Brian H. 5 years ago

          I wish! The players these days go after money mostly, with some exceptions. That being said, offering slightly more money than a currently better team with the opportunity of being part of the next winning team in the great city of Pittsburgh for the storied Pirates should convince goof players to come.

          • gornie 5 years ago

            interesting typo of good >> goof. but yeah, that ballpark is absolutely gorgeous and when pittsburgh baseball becomes fun again, pnc park will be an awesome place to play. but how long will the pirates fans need to wait?

        • hotdog0 5 years ago

          Money= Greed

        • hotdog0 5 years ago

          Money= Greed

      • roberty 5 years ago

        Why would an ace caliber pitcher sign with the Pirates? People play baseball to win.

    • Smrtbusnisman04 5 years ago

      I don’t like Olsen either, but I don’t want the Pirates wasting $12 million a year on a number 3-4 starter. I want them to get an ace, but the free agency pool is just not that good and deep this year.

      The Brewers can waste time and money on average pitchers (i.e. Suppan and Wolf), but the Pirates won’t.

  3. arock1234 5 years ago

    Im thinking this is going to be a signing the rockies will regret…….

  4. Red_Line_9 5 years ago

    I really thought someone would give him 4 years…wonder what the bank is on this one.

  5. Great day for Rox… despite not improving their team at all from last years product. Still think their one more piece from being a serious threat, but they are in a position to contend for a while now, and that’s all you can really ask for, as once you get in playoffs, anything can happen.

  6. TWC made a helluva lot of money today…my goodness. Signing de la Rosa may come back to bite them, who knows, but Tulo’s extension is crazy smart. He’s a beast. What does CarGo get now, eight years? lol….who knew the Rockies had Yankee money.

  7. 42214221 5 years ago

    I wonder did Colorado spend 8 times more today than the Padres 2010 payroll?
    Nice Cyber Monday/Black Friday spending!

  8. InLeylandWeTrust 5 years ago

    I don’t think they’re as close as it seems. One report was already off on the Mets closing in on Chris Young, and supposedly teams have offered 4 yr deals. I also figured he would hold off til after Lee signs then De La Rosa would be one of the best options available and someone (like the Nats) with a lot of money to spend would offer a nice contract.

  9. Props to the Rockies today.

  10. Why is it such a big day? Id be happy about Tulo, and I guess Delarosa is a good signing.. how does this make the team “better”, it just puts them where the were last year.. Congrats to Tulo, he is an amazing SS. Ill have to get used to seeing him like Todd Helton, the last few years.

  11. Why is it such a big day? Id be happy about Tulo, and I guess Delarosa is a good signing.. how does this make the team “better”, it just puts them where the were last year.. Congrats to Tulo, he is an amazing SS. Ill have to get used to seeing him like Todd Helton, the last few years.

  12. Brian H. 5 years ago

    That’s too bad! I was looking forward to seeing him on opening day for the Pirates!!!

  13. Brian H. 5 years ago

    That’s too bad! I was looking forward to seeing him on opening day for the Pirates!!!

  14. bigsweens38 5 years ago

    good news for the pirates,supposed to be signing sid breams son who is almost as good of an athlete as his dad but not quite the speed.

  15. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    lets get that 5th hitter and lets win the NL.

  16. lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

    So… Ted Lilly?

  17. BobbyJohn 5 years ago

    The report I saw had it as three years but with a potential opt-out for De la Rosa after two years if he wanted to go test the market again.

    As a fan, I think it’s too much money for a team that arguably has better ways to spend it.

  18. Rockies would’ve been better off shelling out a few extra mill for Pavano is you ask me. De La Rosa doesn’t go deep into games, has an average WHIP, and has never had an ERA below 4.20…that nets a pitcher 10 a year? I don’t get it.

    If his GO/AO this year wasn’t a fluke than I’ll admit I’m wrong but this just doesn’t seem reasonable to me.

    Beyond that, I don’t know if Jiminez/Chacin/De La Rosa will hold this team together unless they get another starter to put in the 3rd spot or Ianetta actually shows he has the talent everyone expected.

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