It isn't the offseason yet, but the Rockies are already making moves for next year. Dick Monfort, the owner of the Rockies, announced on Friday that the team plans to exercise starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa's option for $11 million.
De La Rosa has been one of the of bright spots for the struggling team that finds themselves 53-64. De La Rosa has been a big part of a Rockies rotation that has been surprisingly much better than people expected. De La Rosa picked up another win on Friday against the team with the best record in the league, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The win moved De La Rosa to 11-6 with an ERA of just 3.26. If De La Rosa had any sort of run support like in past years for the Rockies, he'd easily be a 13 or 14 game winner at this point. However, the offense for the Rockies has been pretty bad most of the year.
Expectations weren't exactly high for the Monterrey, Mexico native in 2013. De La Rosa was coming off Tommy John surgery where he missed essentially missed the whole season minus 3 starts. Despite the injury the previous year, De La Rosa is pitching with some of the best stuff he's ever had.
If De La Rosa can play at the same level in the 2013-2014 season, he could earn a pretty lucrative contract in free agency. The Rockies may be wise to lockup De La Rosa with a multiple year deal before he hits free agency. If they don't, they may find themselves in a bidding war with another team where they find themselves paying much more than they should've. For ownership that is considered rather frugal in comparison to most teams in the league, that isn't exactly ideal.