The New York Yankees have a lot of lines out for starting pitching with the trade deadline fast approaching. Those talks reportedly include some discussions about trying to acquire Jorge De La Rosa from the Colorado Rockies.
Jim Bowden reports the team’s interest in De La Rosa.
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 25, 2014
To Bowden’s point, De La Rosa has gotten hot at the right time as potential contending teams start to assess their rosters and potential trades they could make. Truly, to have a left-handed starting pitcher who is a free agent at season’s end start to heat things up with the trade deadline in reach is an ideal scenario for any team that needs to restock prospects.
The Rockies tend to screw up situations like that and are not necessarily sure that they want to trade De La Rosa. If they do make him available, the Baltimore Orioles will join the Yankees on the list of interested teams.
Through 21 starts this year the 33-year-old De La Rosa is 11-6 with a 4.19 ERA. His 4.33 FIP indicates a guy who has been hit hard on occasion, but presumably teams will also factor Coors Field into their evaluation of him.
The fact of the matter is that you have a guy with a proven track record and thick skin thanks to those years at Coors Field. That is valuable in a playoff race, and if the Rockies are wise enough to listen, they can get value in return for that type of player.