When the Rockies decide to start selling off high-priced veterans the Orioles figure to make a run at left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Connolly reports that the Orioles “have been closely monitoring and gathering background information” on De La Rosa, who started on Opening Day for the Rockies and has posted a 4.70 ERA in 18 starts overall this season at age 33.
De La Rosa was much more effective last season and also had a very strong 2011 campaign in Colorado, but considering his age, injury history, and the $5 million or so remaining on his contract for the second half he seems unlikely to command a huge return in trade.
Baltimore came into the season with plenty of rotation depth, including top prospect Kevin Gausman at Triple-A, but Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Wei-Yin Chen, and Miguel Gonzalez all have ERAs above 4.00 and Bud Norris isn’t much ahead of them at 3.96. Still, for the Orioles to add a veteran starter like De La Rosa at the trade deadline there would seemingly have to be another move at play.
Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are closing in on a deal with catcher Matt Wieters. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for two years, at $21 million. There is an opt-out for him after year one. He will get $10 million in 2017 and, if he returns in 2018, he’ll get $11 million.
Wieters was not expected to go this long without signing, but his market, which many thought would be robust, never materialized. The Nats had been rumored to be interested for months, but they were apparently waiting to swoop in late and get what one presumes will be a bargain.
Wieters, 30, finished last season hitting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 464 plate appearances. The Nationals currently have Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton, so who falls where in the catcher fight in Washington is unclear, but one presumes that Wieters getting a two-year deal puts him at the top of the depth chart.
Ken Rosenthal has an interesting story up about Sergio Romo as he begins spring training with his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
There is some fun stuff about his family, all Dodgers fans from southern California, but the more notable stuff is about Romo himself, who has dealt with a lot more than has been reported over the past couple of seasons. The loss of three of his four grandparents is a big one, as it has thrust the mantle of head of the family on Romo in ways that he was not fully prepared for. There are also allusions to personal and psychological problems Romo has experienced — there is a vague suggestion of alcohol or maybe just late nights out and perhaps depression, but he is not specific about it — which he worked on with the help of friends and teammates on the Giants and which he now has overcome.
There’s always more going on the lives of baseball players than we as fans know.