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.

No structural damage found in Andrew Benintendi’s knee

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 24:  Shortstop Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays tags out Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia grounded into the double play  during the seventh inning of a game on August 24, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.

Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.

Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 26, 2016 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.

Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: