Rockies, De La Rosa look done
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 3:57 pm
When Jorge De La Rosa hit the free-agent market, the Rockies were hopeful they would be able to keep him, but it looks like that ship has sailed, according to the Denver Post.
De La Rosa wants four years, which the Rockies are not willing to do, but some of the left-hander's other suitors are apparently ready to make that commitment. The Rangers, Nationals, Pirates, Orioles and Yankees are believed to be in the bidding for the 29-year-old, who is the best in a thin market (behind Cliff Lee, obviously) for lefty pitching.
The Rockies have offered De La Rosa arbitration, which he will not accept, assuring that the Colorado will get two high draft picks if/when he signs elsewhere.
The Post reports that the Rockies have a target in mind to replace De La Rosa, who went 8-7 with a 4.22 ERA last season, in the rotation: free agent Jon Garland. Garland is looking for a multi-year deal after winning 14 games for the Padres last season.
"We have some interest in Jon," general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "He's in that grouping of guys that we've certainly talked about. He's one of the guys who could certainly take care of what our needs are."
-- David Andriesen
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