The New York Yankees are amongst one of the most active teams currently at the trade deadline; especially in their pursuit for starting pitching.
They are reportedly talking to the San Diego Padres about a deal for Ian Kennedy, although the prospects the Padres want back from the Yankees aren't exactly too enticing for the Yankees. Even while the Yankees are in talks about Kennedy, that hasn't stopped the Yankees from actively looking at other starters.
The 33-year-old De La Rosa is currently 11-6 with a 4.19 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 116 innings this season for the lowly Rockies this year who are clearly sellers at the deadline and with De La Rosa at the end of his contract, it makes sense for Colorado to consider dealing him.
De La Rosa signed a 4-year, $42.5 million deal after the 2011 season and was injured for the first two years of the deal, but in the final two, has really stepped up his efforts and increased his value. In 2013, De La Rosa went 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 starts with 112 strikeouts in 167 innings and then his current season where he again, has put up double-digit win totals again.
With CC Sabathia out for the season due to needing knee surgery this past week and Masahiro Tanaka potentially headed for Tommy John Surgery, the Yankees need for pitching is a great one, especially if they want any shot at contending for the postseason this year and are within striking distance of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.
The Yankees have been linked to several pitchers this summer, as they talked to the Chicago White Sox about lefty John Danks and scouted Cliff Lee's struggling return from the disabled list for the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, but it's unsure if the Yankees will pursue either.
With De La Rosa's last start a strong one; 7.1 innings. two runs on eight hits, 11 strikeouts and a win against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field on Tuesday night; it likely impressed the Yankees enough to pick up the phone and see what it could take to land him for the rest of the 2014 season and potentially, help the Yankees get to October baseball.
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