The Rockies aren’t willing to go long on Jorge De La Rosa

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post says that the Rockies have drawn a line in the sand and that they will not give free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa anything longer than a three-year deal. If he’s not interested, they’d prefer to go with Carl Pavano or Javier Vazquez to take his place.

Deep thought: if the team that knows De La Rosa better than anyone is preemptively announcing that they won’t go too far out on a limb with him, perhaps you should be concerned if your team will.

My view is that for as much as he’s been called the next-best starter on the market after Cliff Lee, he’s a risky pick.  He goes deep into counts and has not shown himself to be particularly durable.  I also think that it is wrong to expect him to suddenly improve if taken out Coors Field because his splits don’t suggest that the park hurts him that much.

Not saying he’s a bad pitcher. Just saying that he should not a be guy that a team with pretensions of contention should plan on making the centerpiece of their rotation.

The Orioles seem pretty serious about moving Manny Machado

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there has been no suggestion that the O’s and their young star have worked on a contract extension, strongly suggesting that Machado will test the open market next offseason.

While the Orioles have not said much about keeping him or trading him, yesterday considerable chatter filtered out here at the Winter Meetings suggests that they are serious about trading him now in order to get more than a draft pick in return when he eventually leaves Baltimore.

Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Cardinals were a possible landing spot, and others have speculated that, at the moment, they’re the frontrunners for his services. Buster Olney, in a development that would make people go insane, I suspect, that the Yankees have expressed interest. It seems highly unlikely, though, that the Orioles would trade Machado within the division. Even if they did, they’d likely expect a premium from the Yankees that they would be unwilling to pay, especially given that they could easily wait Machado out until he was a free agent next year and give up nothing but cash for him. A couple of days ago we noted that the Phillies had expressed interest and the Orioles were doing their due diligence with respect to their farm system.

As far as the possible parameters of a deal, Ken Rosenthal reported that the O’s hope to acquire at least two controllable young starters in return. That’s a high price for a one-year Machado rental, but it makes sense for the Orioles to ask it. For Machado’s part, he reportedly wants to return to his original position, shortstop. He does not have no-trade protection, of course, so that may be a wish that is not fulfilled.

Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior, however, he posted OPSs of .876 and .861, and he’s still just 25. All of which is to say that the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.