Jorge De La Rosa is going to be late to Rockies camp this spring.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa “is expected to miss the first few days” of spring training because he is having visa issues in his native Mexico.
De La Rosa has an offseason home in Scottsdale, Arizona — not far from the Rockies’ new spring training complex — and he should have things cleared up with the authorities by the end of this week or sooner.
The left-hander inked a two-year, $21.5 million free agent contract with Colorado this winter after registering a 4.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 across 20 starts in 2010. His new deal also carries an $11 million player option for 2013 and a potential $11 million club option for 2014.
The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders on the 40-man roster. The right-hander has had a rough go of it in 66 innings in the majors, owning a 6.68 ERA and a 62/14 K/BB ratio. That ratio shows there’s some potential there and the Marlins will have about five years to try and discover it.
Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley. It’s a major league deal worth $2 million.
Hundley, who is 33, but who seems like he’s been in the bigs for about 27 years, hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season. Obviously he will be the backup given the presence of Buster Posey.