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Rockies owner Dick Monfort reportedly nixed deadline trade involving Jorge De La Rosa

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Colorado would have netted left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles.

Michael B. Thomas

The Colorado Rockies nearly shipped their ace to the AL East-champion Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline before the deal was killed by Dick Monfort, according to Peter Gammons.

The Rockies' insanely loyal owner nixed a trade that would have sent Jorge De La Rosa to the O's in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who was later traded to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Andrew Miller. The Rockies reportedly viewed Rodriguez as the top available pitching prospect on the market. Other teams thought highly of him, as well; Rodriguez was widely rated as "the best top-level pitching prospect in the American League," per Gammons.

Rodriguez went on to strike out 39 batters while posting an 0.96 ERA in 37⅓ innings for Double-A Portland after the trade. The Rockies, of course, signed De La Rosa to a two-year contract extension worth $25 million.

Much like Rockies top pitching prospects Eddie Butler and Jon Gray, Rodriguez is a pretty highly touted pitcher who initially struggled with the jump to Double-A. Unlike Butler and Gray, he's never really been dominant for any particular period of time in the minors, but it's pretty clear that Rodriguez is thought of as having a big league future. Meanwhile, De La Rosa is a tremendously successful pitcher at Coors Field who is merely pedestrian on the road. However, when considering the context, that's an asset the Rockies understandably did not want to lose.

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