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Baltimore Interested in Trading for Jorge De La Rosa

July 9th, 2014 at 7:49 PM
By Joe Lemere

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The Baltimore Orioles are looking for starting pitching before the deadline and they are now reportedly looking at Colorado Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 18 starts this year, and has pitched well in his last few go-rounds.

Baltimore has a surplus of pitching prospects which could be offered, and should be accepted by Rockies management.. Hunter Harvey is a 19 year old right-hander drafted in the first round of last year's draft. A fastball-curveball-changeup mix and a level of maturity beyond his years on the mound, Harvey could get to the Majors fairly quickly. And stay. A more Major League ready prospect they could end up with instead of Harvey is 24 year old Mike Wright. While he's struggling a bit at AAA Norfolk, Wright has a big, tall frame and a four pitch mix that could play well in the altitude of Coors Field.

Having solid position players at pretty much every level, the Rockies need talented arms that can provide pitching depth not only through this injury-riddled season, but for years to come. Owner Dick Monfort and GM Dan O'Dowd need to go ahead and pull the trigger on this one. They may even pull off the ultimate swindle and sign De La Rosa back to the Rockies this offseason when he is a free agent.

As noted in an earlier article, the Orioles also need an extra bat in the lineup and one that can catch would be of added benefit with the injury to All-Star catcher Matt Wieters. Wilin Rosario would fit perfectly into the big-bopping lineup of the O's and could be gotten as a package with De La Rosa. If that happens, this could be the biggest non-Samardzija-or-Price trade of the season.

The Rockies are looking good to come out of this deadline smelling like roses. If they have the guts to make some moves, that is.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Colorado, Colorado Rockies, Jorge De La Rosa, MLB, Wilin Rosario

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