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Nationals “have interest” in Jorge De La Rosa

Nov 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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Apparently the Yankees aren’t the only team viewing Jorge De La Rosa as the “left-handed starting pitcher” fallback plan should they miss out on Cliff Lee, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have interest” in De La Rosa.

Of course, given Washington’s slim odds of actually signing Lee perhaps it’s not fair to call their pursuit of De La Rosa a fallback plan.

Ladson notes that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo actually signed a 17-year-old De La Rosa out of Mexico when he was the Diamondbacks’ scouting director in 1998. Whether or not that makes Rizzo any more likely to sign De La Rosa again a dozen years later is up for debate, but clearly quite a few teams view him as a top free-agent target in a weak market for starting pitching.

My guess is the 30-year-old southpaw with a 5.02 career ERA is about to be significantly overpaid.

  1. matt99stevens - Nov 12, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    I was really hoping that last hyperlink led to the b-r.com page of Oliver Perez. Because you tell me the difference between these two guys.

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