There are strong indications that the Rockies started discussing a contract with Jorge De La Rosa this week, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. The left-hander hits free agency this offseason, but the Rockies have exclusive negotiating rights until shortly after the World Series ends.
De La Rosa missed two months with a torn tendon in his finger and walks 4.1 batters per nine innings. That will hurt his market value, but his age (29), strikeout rate (8.4 K/9) and groundball rate (52.3%) will likely entice potential suitors.
He doesn’t have to convince the Rockies – they’re interested. Not only did Colorado offer De La Rosa a two-year deal worth $8.75MM in the offseason, GM Dan O’Dowd recently said that re-signing him is a priority. De La Rosa won't cost the Rockies a draft pick, but if he turns down arbitration to sign elsewhere, Colorado will obtain a top pick for losing a Type A free agent.
This smells like the Oliver Perez situation. The Rockies should avoid any sort of long-term deal with de la Rosa.
Agreed, this guy’s top end is 5.1 IP, 4R, 3BB, 110 pitches each game. 2 year contract MAX!!!
I wondering if the Brewers are considering overpaying to bring back De La Rosa…you know, not like we’ve done anything like that recently…
More soup for you?
That soup is far too cold.
While I do fear Jorge a bit, the market is so horrible beyond Lee making this a must sign for the Rockies.
Yeah, he does sniff of Oliver Perez, but I’d like to see the Rox resign him. He’s shown an ability to pitch in Colorado and be fairly effective. He’s a bit injury prone though. As long as the Rox don’t view him as more than a #3 starter or pay more than 8 million a year, I’m ok with bringing him back.