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.

How Yu Darvish tipped his pitches during the World Series

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You hear a lot about pitchers tipping pitches. It’s often offered up post-facto as an excuse for poor performance by the pitcher himself or his own team. It’s sort of like the “best shape of my life” thing being offered in the offseason to talk about why the player got injured or played badly the previous year. “Smitty’s stuff is still great, he was just tipping his pitches,” said a source close to the player whose stuff is not really great anymore.

Which isn’t to say that pitchers don’t tip pitches. Of course they do. Opposing teams look for it, pick up on it and take advantage of it whenever they can. It’s just that (a) the opposing team has an interest in not talking about it, lest the pitcher STOP tipping its pitches; and (b) the guy actually tipping his pitches doesn’t want to talk specifically about it lest he starts doing it again.

Which is what makes this article at Sports Illustrated so interesting. In it Tom Verducci talks to an anonymous Houston Astros player who explains how Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches during the World Series, leading to him getting absolutely shellacked in Games 3 and 7. The upshot: the Astros knew when a slider or a cutter was coming, they waited for it and they teed off.

Darvish is a free agent now. I’m guessing, whoever signs him, knows exactly what they’ll gave him work on the first day of spring training.