Jorge De La Rosa proved once again yesterday that he is the best pitcher on the Colorado Rockies. He may, in fact, be the best pitcher in Rockies' history. And that is precisely why the team should go ahead and pull the trigger on trading him. De La Rosa joined the Rockies in 2008 and has tallied 65 wins since then, but has only one trip to the postseason where he didn't even take the ball. Trade rumors are floating around the 33-year-old Mexican hurler, most notably the Baltimore Orioles. The Rockies need to trade Jorge to the Orioles to give him a terrific shot at the playoffs.
Holding on to De La Rosa for the rest of this year won't do the team or him any good. The Rockies need to see what their young pitchers, namely Eddie Butler and Jon Gray, can do at the Major League level. Any trade would also include at least one pitching prospect from the Orioles, and unless he's far from the Bigs, you need to get him to the higher levels of pro ball to see what he's got, especially if it's right-hander Tyler Wilson.
The team, barring a miracle, won't be going anywhere this season. Having De La Rosa go out there every fifth day only risks injury to a guy that already missed the majority of two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery a few years back. The Rockies will plainly be a worse ball club without Jorge toeing the rubber, but they're already 16 games under .500 this year, and probably won't be getting back to even any time soon. Time to sell your assets, and the most tradable player on the roster is De La Rosa, and he'd look good in a Baltimore uniform.
De La Rosa has never pitched in the postseason and Baltimore would be a great landing spot. He'd slide right into the starting rotation and help a winning team win the AL East and get into the playoffs once more. With the added De La Rosa, the O's could realistically challenge the Oakland A's for a trip to the World Series.
The trade makes sense for the Colorado Rockies — selling off assets — and the Baltimore Orioles — buying a starting pitcher that should help secure them a spot to play well into October. This move also makes sense for Jorge De La Rosa himself. He would get to pitch on a good team that's most likely going to the playoffs.
It's true that Jorge loves Denver and enjoys pitching in Coors Field, and that's why him re-signing with the Rockies when he's a free agent this winter is a distinct possibility. Just don't tell the Orioles.
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