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Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies agree on 2-year contract extension

Colorado's pitching staff is about as uncertain as it gets, but the one constant during the 2013 and 2014 seasons will be sticking around for another couple of years.

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The Rockies and starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa have agreed on a two-year contract extension, according to a team announcement. The deal, which will pay De La Rosa a total of $25 million according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, is pending league approval.

De La Rosa is in the final year of a contract that, when it's officially over, will have ended up paying him $41.5 million over four seasons. By agreeing to pay him $25 million more, the Rockies passed on the possibility of netting a draft pick since they would have been able to place a $14 million qualifying offer had De La Rosa reached free agency.

The 33-year-old left-hander is 13-10 with a 4.26 ERA and 4.40 FIP in 160⅔ innings spanning 28 starts this season. Beyond those numbers, which are wholly league average as evidenced by his 100 ERA+, keeping De La Rosa makes sense for the Rockies because of his astounding results at Coors Field. Colorado's de facto ace owns a ho-hum 4.03 ERA in 433⅔ innings in Denver but has amassed an incredible 44-14 record, including 19-3 over the last two seasons.

De La Rosa owns a 4.24 ERA/107 ERA+ since joining the Rockies in 2008. His best season came in 2013, when he came back from missing almost two full season as a result of Tommy John surgery to post a 3.49 ERA/127 ERA+.

We will have much more on this story in the coming days.