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Jorge De La Rosa exercises $11M player option for 2013

Oct 31, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made the easiest of easy decisions on Wednesday, exercising a player option that will pay him $11 million in 2013.

This according to the Rockies’ Twitter feed.

De La Rosa made only three starts this season and just 10 starts the season before due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. But he’s back near full strength and will try to return to form next summer.

In exercising the player option, the 31-year-old triggered an $11 million club option for the 2014 season. De La Rosa will have to be effective — and healthy — if he wants that picked up. The native of Mexico currently owns a 4.96 career ERA and a 1.50 career WHIP.

  1. icanspeel - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I never understood why a team would agree to a player option. Maybe someone can point out why?

    It seems like if the player is doing well they won’t exercise the option and go somewhere else for more money/more years and if they are doing badly they will exercise the option and the team is stuck with an overpriced player.

    • ptfu - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      I see it as a concession from a ballclub to the player, similar to a no-trade clause. Strictly speaking, a club shouldn’t agree to that either as it limits future roster flexibility. It’s a negotiating point for the player. But if that’s what it takes to sign someone…

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I agree with you a player option never made sense to me either…mabye if he.had to reach a certain amount of games or inninigs then they could activate the otpion…other wise it never made sense to me

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    that’s true but for Jorge de la Rosa? was he really worth it lol some deals never make sense to me these guys are making too much money when they get injured 90% of the times idk

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