Rockies hopeful as De La Rosa tests market
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:14 pm
Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will not re-sign with the Rockies before becoming a free agent, but the Rockies plan on making a big push to keep him, according to the Denver Post.
De La Rosa, 29, has gone 34-24 in the past three years for the Rockies. He is projected as a Type A free agent, meaning Colorado would get two high draft picks, one of them surrendered by the team that signs him, if he leaves. That system gives an advantage to a player's current team.
De La Rosa is expected to ask for a contract of at least four years. If the Dodgers spending $33 million for three years for Ted Lilly last week is any indication, De La Rosa's price will be steep.
"When players get this close to free agency, unless they are completely overwhelmed with an offer, they really want to see what the market will bear. That's part of the process," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "We continue to have a strong desire to bring him back. The conversations have been great."
-- David Andriesen
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