Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Is Veteran Lefty Reliever Jorge De La Rosa A Possible Red Sox Acquisition?

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The Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday released veteran left-handed relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa—after he had cleared waivers. So what, you ask? Well, if there is one flaw remaining on the Red Sox roster it's a reliable lefty arm out of the 'pen. Amazingly, the Red Sox currently have no lefties in the bullpen! You may recall that De La Rosa was once in the Boston organization—traded away in 2003 (along with Mike Goss, Casey Fossum and Brandon Lyon) for some guy named Curt Schilling. Heard of him? Anyway, the 37-year old De La Rosa was originally signed by the D'Backs, and then purchased by Boston from Monterrey of the Mexican League back in 2001 (before being sent back to the southwest in the Schilling deal). He's also spent time with the Rockies, Brewers and Royals. He has complied a 104-87 record over 15 MLB seasons (including several years as a starter)—with a career ERA of 4.63. This year, for Arizona, he has matched that performance exactly (4.63 ERA)—so you pretty much know what you're getting. He does tend to induce ground-balls—a huge factor for a situational reliever—but it's unclear if he's be worth the risk for Boston. Stay tuned!