One of the biggest complaints after Jorge De La Rosa re-signed with the Colorado Rockies was that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't even make an offer to their top free agent target. Those complaints seemed strange, since there was no evidence to support the claims. Ken Rosenthal mentioned that only the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies had made offers, but other reports, such as Buster Olney of ESPN and Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, reported that De La Rosa received multiple offers, outside of what the Rockies were offering.
Dejan Kovacevic reports today that the Pirates did make a highly competitive offer to De La Rosa. Yesterday, Buster Olney posted an update on Twitter saying that De La Rosa turned down multiple offers that were larger in order to re-sign with Colorado. Jon Heyman also mentioned that the Rockies starter took less to sign with Colorado.
The news that the Pirates made an offer isn't really significant to D...
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