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.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.