Wednesday, April 10, 2013
De La Rosa building trade value?
By Jason A. Churchill
Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa has returned from Tommy John surgery this season and has been decent in two outings, including Monday at San Francisco. He's giving the Rockies optimism early this season, writes Troy Renck of the Denver Post, but if he continues to build upon some promising moments during the first two weeks of the season, the club may have a difficult decision to make in July.
De La Rosa could be valuable trade bait if he gets back close to his form prior to the injury, a point that becomes moot if the Rockies are in contention. The southpaw's contract, however, includes a clause that gives the team an option for 2014 since the player exercised his 2013 option after last season.
The Rockies could choose to keep De La Rosa for next season at $11 million, a reasonable rate -- and team-friendly, short-term commitment -- for a mid-rotation arm or better, which is what he was prior to surgery.