The Royals' search for starting pitching continues. The latest rumors has them looking at an old friend in Denver.
Royals have asked Rockies about Jorge De La Rosa, source says. KC wants to add a starter.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
Rockies aren't ruling out trades for LaTroy Hawkins or Jorge De La Rosa, but neither appears likely to move as of this hour.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
Jorge de la Rosa pitched for the Royals from 2006-2007, after Dayton Moore acquired the left-hander from Milwaukee for infielder Tony Graffanino in one of his first moves as General Manager. De la Rosa was 11-16 with a 5.64 ERA in 36 games with the Royals before he was dealt to Colorado for reliever Ramon Ramirez, where his career really took off.
De la Rosa is 11-6 this year with a 4.20 ERA and a 4.32 FIP. He strikes out 6.86 per nine innings with 3.47 walks per nine innings. The 33-year old lefty has done a good job keeping the ball on the ground with a 52.8% groundball rate.
De la Rosa earns about $4 million the rest of the season, and is a free agent this winter.