2014 stats: 11-6 record, 4.19 ERA, 86 strikeouts, 46 walks, 116 innings in 21 starts Scouting report: De La Rosa, 33, could give the Orioles a left-handed starter to go along with Wei-Yin Chen down the stretch, but the club's rotation is already crowded with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez expected to return from the disabled list soon. De La Rosa, who has held left-handed hitters to a .183 batting average this year, won 16 games for the Rockies last season and has kept the ball in the park at hitter-friendly Coors Field (0.84 homers per nine innings in 2014). He has actually pitched better at home (7-2, 3.23 ERA) than away (4-4, 5.37 ERA). De La Rosa has won his last five decisions, allowing two runs or less in his last four starts. There are previous connections to both Duquette and Showalter. The Mexican-born De La Rosa was initially signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks at age 18 when Showalter managed the club. He also was purchased from the Mexican League by the Red Sox when Duquette was Boston's general manager. Does it work?: The Orioles have discussed De La Rosa often, but talks haven't progressed to a serious stage as of yet. De La Rosa is a quality veteran pitcher whose stats indicate that he'd be able to make a steady transition to the AL East and help the Orioles down the stretch. He's pitching well right now, but his 4.19 ERA still would rank only above Jimenez among the Orioles' six starting pitchers. So is he really that much of an upgrade, and who would you bump from the rotation to put him in it? The Rockies believe they might be able to re-sign De La Rosa after the season when he becomes a free agent, so while they were looking the likes of Gausman, their asking price could come down if they really are looking to move him.
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