For most of his time with the Rockies, Jorge De La Rosa was the only constant in the Colorado rotation. His performance was never spectacular, but the left-hander was serviceable for many years. Things changed drastically in 2016, as he posted some of the worst numbers in his career. In 24 starts and three relief appearances, De La Rosa turned in a 5.51 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and a horrendous 1.5 HR/9. The veteran also concluded the campaign with an awful 108:63 K:BB ratio, the worst rate since his first year in Colorado. De La Rosa's contract expired at the end of the season, and considering his putrid finish and the fact that he's 35 years old, it'll be tough for him to earn as many starting opportunities moving forward. He'll likely try to latch on somewhere to provide a veteran presence and some length out of the bullpen.
De La Rosa's contract was purchased by the Diamondbacks on Monday, indicating that he's claimed a spot on the Opening Day roster. After making at least 24 starts with the Rockies in each of the past four seasons, De La Rosa will transition to a relief role to begin his Diamondbacks career. The 35-year-old, who attended camp as a non-roster invitee, will presumably settle for a long-relief role after he did little to justify higher-leverage duties in spring training. De La Rosa has been tagged for five runs on 11 hits and six walks over eight innings in Cactus League play.
De La Rosa signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks on Sunday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. De La Rosa made 24 starts and posted a 5.51 ERA over 134 innings with the Rockies last season. The 35-year-old has seen his numbers gradually decline over the past few seasons and he will likely serve as pitching depth for the Diamondbacks in 2017.
De La Rosa (8-9) allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts and took the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals. The Rockies already announced this would be De La Rosa's last start of the season, a poor campaign that ends on an appropriately sour note. De La Rosa allowed his 22nd and 23rd homers of the season in just 24 starts as he watched his final ERA balloon to 5.51, his worst in a 100-inning season since he posted a 5.82 mark in 130 innings with the Royals in 2007.
Manager Walt Weiss announced that Tuesday's start will be the last start of the season for De La Rosa, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. De La Rosa has endured one of his worst seasons as a member of the Rockies, and with as many young and promising arms as the Rockies have in their system, it seems Colorado is content with letting the left-hander be done for the season following Tuesday's assignment. It's unclear if he'll simply be moved to the bullpen or if the Rockies will give him the rest of the season off, but that should be determined in due time as De La Rosa's time in Denver draws to a close.
De La Rosa (8-8) allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts over 3.1 innings in a loss Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. De La Rosa has now allowed at least five runs in three consecutive starts, although six of the 16 runs he has allowed have been unearned. More alarming, De La Rosa has surrendered eight home runs in his past six starts after surrendering two home runs for the sixth time this season Tuesday. His ERA has climbed to 5.22 as a result.