The Colorado Rockies have not had the most consistent season but at least on starting pitcher has been fairly consistent for the majority of the season. Jorge De La Rosa is being rewarded for being the Rockies most consistent pitcher by them picking up the option on his contract. It will take him through one more season with them for $11 million. All in all it is a really good move for the Rockies for numerous reasons, not the least of which being that De La Rosa is too good to let go right now.
He had ten wins going into play on Saturday night and an ERA just above 3.00. For the Rockies that has been a consistent person to rely on in the starting role. Though he does get knocked around every now and then, who doesn’t? The fact is that he will end this season with somewhere near 15 wins and an ERA between 3.00 and 3.50. That might not get him a vote for Cy Young award but it will certainly get him about $11 million for next season.
After the contract is over the Rockies still might not be able to, or want to keep De La Rosa. I personally think if they find someone that can give them 15 wins per season and a decent ERA; they should give him a contract like he has won six straight Cy Young awards. How badly do the Rockies need to be able to rely on a solid starter? They could spot him in there for the next five to seven years and try to find someone that is able to duplicate or better his work on a regular basis.