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Orioles “closely monitoring” Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa

Jul 10, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Jorge De La Rosa AP

When the Rockies decide to start selling off high-priced veterans the Orioles figure to make a run at left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Connolly reports that the Orioles “have been closely monitoring and gathering background information” on De La Rosa, who started on Opening Day for the Rockies and has posted a 4.70 ERA in 18 starts overall this season at age 33.

De La Rosa was much more effective last season and also had a very strong 2011 campaign in Colorado, but considering his age, injury history, and the $5 million or so remaining on his contract for the second half he seems unlikely to command a huge return in trade.

Baltimore came into the season with plenty of rotation depth, including top prospect Kevin Gausman at Triple-A, but Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Wei-Yin Chen, and Miguel Gonzalez all have ERAs above 4.00 and Bud Norris isn’t much ahead of them at 3.96. Still, for the Orioles to add a veteran starter like De La Rosa at the trade deadline there would seemingly have to be another move at play.

  1. bmorepositive123 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    unless you’re going to use him in the bullpen i really don’t see how he adds anything. What the Os really need is a frontline starter (cough, lee, cough)… or another bat in the lineup. This move makes no sense except for the fact the Orioles are cheappppppppppppp

    • southpaw2k - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Cliff Lee would be a HUGE mistake for the Orioles for a couple reasons.

      1.) A trade for Lee – and this would be true of David Price as well – would mean the Orioles would have to give up at least two or three of their top prospects in exchange for him. I don’t think the Orioles would want to part with more than one or two at most in adding to their rotation.

      2.) Lee is coming off an elbow strain, so there’s no telling how effective he would be down the stretch. I think he’s too much of an injury risk to warrant cutting a deal.

      I’d much rather the Orioles bolster their bullpen with someone like Joakim Soria.

      • vapor54 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        agree Soria is a wiser option

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Couldn’t agree more. Frontline starters while nice are simply too expensive. Oakland busted that one wide open for us. Price won’t be traded in division, Lee has injury concerns and a bloated contract, and Sale will probably be the most expensive of them all. A second baseman or catcher would be really nice, but there really isn’t many of them out there in the league at all, and not really anything worth picking up on the market. So that just leaves the bullpen. Strengthen what’s already a strength. Especially if our starters continue to fail to go deep into ballgames.

      • gaurron - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Gausman @ Scope for Lee @ Pablebon…. Makes a good trade for both teams…..

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I don’t think that its so much a matter of just money. They are more concerned with the cost of parting with young pitching talent. This a complex dilemma, because they want to make their team better without trading away their future. While the Orioles are a good team, but they are not so good that they can trade their best young talent because they are one of the top three teams and will most likely go to the World Series. Furthermore, the O’s were willing to spend money on free agents this year, because they could still keep their young pitching talent. After all building pitching is difficult.

  2. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Dan Duquette: “My collection of Mediocre Starting Pitching is almost complete!”

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Before being so critical of Duquette, you need to take into account of the price of trading for a above average pitcher. Do you think that it would be wise to trade Bundy, Gausman,Harvey, and Rodriguez? The Orioles would need to trade at least three of these young prospect pitchers in order to get a front line pitcher. In the off season, teams greatly over pay on free agents pitchers. But trading for a good pitcher before the trade deadline, a team over pays with prospects. It will be much easier for find extra relief pitchers. The cost is greatly reduced.

  3. emdash01 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Considering they can’t seem to find space for Gausman consistently, who’s pitched pretty well and has the most upside of their current options by far, this seems kind of strange.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      They have a place for him, the worry in the front office is that he is already pitching too much and want to pull him back now rather than in last two months of the year. Like it or not, but in this day and age, young pitchers have total pitch counts and yearly innings limits. He’s reaching his cap too fast and they are simply trying to slow it down. It’s kind of like your data plan on your cell phone. You just got an email telling you that you’ve reached 50% of your data plan a week into the billing cycle. You can either keep streaming Pandora until your plan runs out next week, or you can turn the phone off for a day or two and have it available for the rest of the month.

  4. wshifflette - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    This would be a terrible move. The Os are currently struggling to get their best pitcher into the starting rotation (Gausman). I don’t want anybody who has a 4+ ERA in the national league (AKA 4A), even with that crazy mile high air.

  5. jennstergersburnedretinas - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Get the guy with the 4+ ERA and put him in Camden Yards in July….

  6. carpi2 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    The O’s have not been able to get lucky on any of their recent pitching prospects. Jimenez has taken a huge dump this year. And Norris looked promising, when with the Astros. However, he is also underperforming. Maybe they would have better served pursuing McCarthy, when he was still on the market. They need a guy with a good ground ball rate.

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