De La Rosa will have Tommy John surgery.

Over the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates set out to add to their starting rotation, and made a big push for free agent starter Jorge de la Rosa.  It was reported that the Pirates made a competitive offer for him, although he went to Colorado, largely because he wanted to remain there, but also because they gave him a two year deal with a player option.

If you are unfamiliar with how a player option works, it's probably because they are very rare.  There are three types of options.  There's the traditional club option, where a player's fate is decided by the club.  Paul Maholm has a club option following the year.  If the Pirates decide to exercise it, they pay $9.75 M for Maholm in 2012.  If they decide to decline it, they only pay the $750...

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