Rockies, De La Rosa making little progress in contract talks

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Jorge De La Rosa registered a solid 4.22 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 20 starts this season, fanning 113 batters and walking only 55 over 121.2 innings.

The Rockies were hoping to lock him up to a multi-year extension this offseason before he got a taste of the free agent market.  That plan is apparently not going well.’s Buster Olney tweeted Sunday that talks are “progressing slowly” between the two sides.

De La Rosa is fairly young (29), really talented, and possibly headed to another club.  The market for starters this offseason is thin, especially with Ted Lilly now signed, and every major league club could use a solid No. 3 starter.

The left-handed De La Rosa has improved his ERA and WHIP in each of the last five seasons — not an easy task at Coors Field.  He’s always posted impressive strikeout numbers and would do well calling any ballpark home.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.