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Without the benefit of a single addition, the Baltimore Orioles may be able to survive a war of attrition to win the American League East. In New York and Toronto, injuries to stars like Tanaka and Edwin Encarnacion, respectively, have shifted the balance of power in the division to Baltimore.
After suffering through early season injuries to Chris Davis and Matt Wieters (season-ending surgery), along with extended disabled list time for Manny Machado's recovery from a 2013 knee injury, the Orioles are the healthy, ascending team as the All-Star Game approaches.
Despite that distinction, reinforcements, especially when it comes to starting pitching, would be a welcomed addition to Buck Showalter's staff. According to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are monitoring Colorado Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, potentially in preparation for a deal later this month.
De La Rosa, 33, would be expected to pitch better away from the hitter's heaven of Colorado's Coors Field, but his 2014 numbers tell a different story.
In 46.0 innings on the road, De La Rosa owns a 5.87 ERA, raising concerns about his viability in any park.
Perhaps that's why FanGraph's Dave Cameron categorized De La Rosa a "below average pitcher" and questioned why the Rockies would expect a big return for the lefty.
Unless otherwise noted, statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs and are accurate entering play on July 9. All contract figures are courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts at Baseball Prospectus.
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