The Rockies have expressed a reluctance to become full-fledged sellers in advance of the trade deadline, but still could move a couple of pieces as next Thursday approaches. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and closer LaTroy Hawkins are two players who the Rockies are considering moving, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
De La Rosa, a free agent after the season, has drawn consistent interest from the Orioles, who are actively looking to add a starting pitcher. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the O's have not made any progress in their pursuit of the lefty due to the Rockies' asking price of top prospect Kevin Gausman, and that Colorado's proposal was a "non-starter" in trade talks. Harding adds that the Rockies have shown interest in other Orioles' pitching prospects, including Tim Berry, Hunter Harvey, Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, so a deal centering around one of those players may increase Baltimore's chances of getting a deal done.
Colorado is also engaged in talks with the Yankees about a potential De La Rosa trade, according to a report from Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. The Yankees have been looking for rotation help since losing Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka to significant injuries, and have been tied to names like De La Rosa and Padres' starter Ian Kennedy.
De La Rosa, 33, is 11-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 21 starts on the season. He has been hot of late, posting a 3-0 record and 1.78 ERA in the month of July.