Rockies pick up Jorge De La Rosa option
Jorge De La Rosa has missed a lot of time over the past couple years because of Tommy John surgery but has bounced back well in 2013. He’s looked like the pitcher he was becoming before the surgery was needed. Only difference in his game has been less strikeouts but he’s still inducing enough ground balls to make him perfect for pitching at Coors Field. Strangely enough he’s actually had more success there. All of that has led to the Colorado Rockies picking up their team option for 2014, despite the $11 million price tag.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort removed doubt that left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will be back with the club next year Friday, when he said the team will exercise its club option on De La Rosa worth $11 million.
“If you do try to replace him, it just screws up the next guy because you bring him up too early,” Monfort said. (MLB)
In my opinion, the move was a no-brainer for the Rockies. Some would say why not trade him? He’s pitched great at Coors Field so he should be able to pitch anywhere and be able to bring in him some solid prospects. For a team like the Rockies it’s not a bad idea.
The problem is they don’t really have anyone ready to fill his role, it’s like Monfort said he doesn’t want to bring people up to early. The prospects simply aren’t ready so keep the guy who isn’t costing you much and give your team a fighting chance to win some games.