In case you've been sleeping for days or have been off the grid (either is acceptable!), the Rockies and Jorge De La Rosa agreed to a contract extension that will keep the veteran southpaw in Denver through 2016.
Most people who follow the team, whether it's on a professional or fan level, seem to love the deal. De La Rosa, who earned $41.5 million over the last four years with the Rockies and a few million on top of that, will pocket another hefty sum of money. It's good to see the Rockies willing to spend that money, though, and it seems they did so on favorable terms:
jorge de la rosa $25M/2-yr rockies deal includes no options, no no-trade (tho rox obvs have no interest in trading him)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 4, 2014
Side note (and hat-tip to Resolution): De La Rosa does not need a no-trade clause in his contract because by the time next season rolls around, he will have gained 10-and-5 rights. But hey, this deal is about as simple as you'll see these days.
One of our former writers has a nice nugget on just how much the Rockies will be forking over to De La Rosa:
By the time de la Rosa's contract expires, he will have been paid more by the Rockies than Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle combined.
— Andrew Fisher (@PoseidonsFist) September 4, 2014
But still, that's a small chunk of change given how valuable he has been. And, judging by some similar contracts that have been handed out, as well as the Yankees' need for pitching and interest in De La Rosa at the deadline, this doesn't seem all that inaccurate:
De La Rosa at $25 mill over 2 yrs great deal for #Rockies. would have likely doubled that as free agent.De La Rosa is 44-14 at Coors Field
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 4, 2014
So, in closing, I'll have to go ahead and agree with this wholeheartedly:
Probably the first smart move the #Rockies have made all season is extending De La Rosa. Good for them.
— Purple Dino Podcast (@purpledinocast) September 4, 2014
Of course, not everybody feels that way. One Fangraphs writer isn't thrilled:
Fair enough. But what about a one-time Purple Row writer and current Mile High Sports producer? Does he like it?
@RockiesReview $12.5 mil a yr for a guy who's a middling SP at best on a team with a budget is why the Rockies remain terrible yr after yr.— Zach Fogg (@zachfoggsports) September 4, 2014
It's hard to make everyone happy, particularly when you're a baseball team that hasn't won squat in half a decade. But the Rockies did well for themselves by re-signing De La Rosa -- that is, assuming they don't believe him to be their ace and will attempt to supplement the rotation with other pieces around him. Oh yeah, I already said that:
If the Rockies don't envision De La Rosa as their ace -- and aren't counting on Chacin and Chatwood to be healthy -- then I love this move.— Bryan Kilpatrick ⚾ (@purplerowBK) September 4, 2014
But, if they think DLR is a No. 1 and plan on relying on injury-prone pitchers rather than supplementing the rotation, this is a problem.— Bryan Kilpatrick ⚾ (@purplerowBK) September 4, 2014