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Royals interested in Rockies pitcher Jorge de la Rosa

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Could we see a reunion with George of the Rose?

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The Royals' search for starting pitching continues. The latest rumors has them looking at an old friend in Denver.

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.