Colorado Rockies Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa Exercises His 2013 Option

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer INovember 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Jorge De La Rosa #29 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Jorge de la Rosa had a player option on his contract he signed with the Colorado Rockies at the end of the 2010 season. Today, according to the Associated Press, he exercised that option and will remain a member of the Rockies for the 2013 season.

The 32 year old left-hander has only pitched 69 2/3 innings over 13 starts since signing that deal. Last year, while tearing his elbow ligament and being sidelined for all but three starts in 2012.

On the open market, he probably would have to accept a spring training invitation. But with his contract, he will have an eight figure payday.

Since being traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Rockies in April of 2008, he was one of the few pitchers who had some success in Denver.

He posted double digits in victories in 2008 and 2009, going 16-9 and an acceptable for Coors 4.38 ERA over 185 innings in the latter season. He was a key pitcher in the Rockies 2009 playoff season.

He had some velocity in his pitches when he returned at the end of the 2012 season. And the Rockies will need him to rediscover his ability if they want to turn around one of the worst pitching staffs in all of baseball.

He has his money. Now he has to earn it.