The Colorado Rockies face a difficult decision with 33-year-old stud starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.
As MLB Trade Rumors continue to heat up with the July 31st deadline just a handful of days away, the Rockies are receiving legitimate interest in De La Rosa from teams including the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.
With De La Rosa’s contract up at season’s end and a trade market that is light on starting pitching that is actually available, the Rockies could get a nice haul for their lefty. That is not an easy decision to make, especially because both sides have expressed interest in an extension, but it certainly looms as a possibility and a reasonable argument can be made that the team should deal him.
Jon Heyman writes the following about the trade talks between the Rockies and the Orioles, with negotiations as substantive as discussing specific players:
The Rockies asked for top young Orioles starter Kevin Gausman in trade talks for veteran star left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to sources. That was a request that was summarily declined by Baltimore, and a feeling is growing that the Rockies are less than motivated to trade De La Rosa.
The Orioles have made some offers of other young players for De La Rosa, a top lefty who is 11-6 with a 4.27 ERA and would help them, but word is the Orioles have no intention of trading Gausman for a rental, even a good rental.
Gausman, a product of Centennial, CO, is not surprisingly the top target for the Rockies. If the front office does become more persuaded to deal De La Rosa, they can still always start there in negotiations and work their way down to a package that is more palatable for both sides.
According to Jim Bowden, another American League East team has expressed interest in the New York Yankees.
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 25, 2014
What the Yankees would have to offer is certainly more questionable than a potential package from the Orioles, but the Rockies still might be able to get a bit more from a team like the Yankees if there are few or no other options available for them to upgrade their rotation.
If the Rockies decide to keep De La Rosa, it will arguably be a missed opportunity but it will be understandable nevertheless. And if they go that route, we know there will be interest, specifically from the American League East.