Rockies GM calls re-signing Jorge De La Rosa "a priority"

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General manager Dan O’Dowd called re-signing free agent starter Jorge De La Rosa “a priority” for the Rockies this offseason, telling Troy Renck of the Denver Post that “adding a middle-of-the-rotation starter” is atop the offseason wishlist and “we would certainly like that to be Jorge.”
De La Rosa turned down a two-year, $8.75 million contract last offseason, but at the time he was coming off a career-year that included a 16-9 record and 193 strikeouts in 185 innings. He was limited to just 122 innings this season because of injuries, going 8-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 113/55 K/BB ratio.
In other words, De La Rosa’s bargaining power is likely at least somewhat worse than it was last year at this time, although Renck speculates that he’ll still end up with “$7 million to $10 million a year on the open market.”
As a 30-year-old pitcher with a 5.02 career ERA who’s thrown more than 130 innings in a season just once that seems pretty optimistic, but De La Rosa has gone 34-24 with a 4.49 ERA in three seasons for the Rockies and some teams may feel he has even more upside than that away from Coors Field.

Red Sox prospect involved in serious auto accident

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Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.

Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.

Noah Syndergaard scratched with a “tired arm”

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Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.

Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.

The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.