As the Rockies decide what to do at the trade deadline, one name is drawing buzz throughout the league. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is generating interest from multiple clubs looking to add starting pitching, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Among the teams interested in De La Rosa are the Orioles, who have been "closely monitoring and gathering background information" on him, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Connolly notes that the O's are looking for rotation upgrades as they make their playoff push, and that executive vice president Dan Duquette is familiar with the southpaw after signing him to the Red Sox in 2001.
Despite the interest, a De La Rosa deal doesn't seem likely at this point. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark notes that Colorado would be looking for a "young impact starter" in return for De La Rosa, which is probably too high of a price tag. Owner Dick Monfort mentioned in a recent interview that the team was hesitant to trade any of their core players, including De La Rosa, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez.
De La Rosa, 33, is 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 18 starts so far this season. The southpaw has posted better numbers over his last two full seasons (3.51 ERA in 2011, 3.49 ERA in 2013), and is a free agent at the end of the season.
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