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Arizona Diamondbacks re-sign Jorge De La Rosa

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Well, that explains the empty locker between #27 and #30...

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A late new arrival at Salt River Fields, with the return of left-handed relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to the Diamondbacks’ camp. He appears to have signed a minor-league deal, and will join the competitors for a spot out of the bullpen. De La Rosa was a very active part of the 2017 relief corps, with his 65 appearances trailing only Andrew Chafin’s 71. He put up a 4.21 ERA over 51.1 innings, with a K:BB ratio of 45:21. He was especially effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a line of .194/253/.292, but where he really excelled was in stranding inherited runners. Only one of the thirty-two men on base when he entered the game crossed home-plate. This is likely not sustainable...

While this was a decent transition to the bullpen, after a career spent as a starting pitcher, nothing will be handed to De La Rosa on a plate. While Chafin appears to have the first left-hander spot all but locked down, there are a number of potential other candidates as well as De La Rosa, if Torey Lovullo opts to go for a second southpaw. These include T.J. McFarland and Antonio Bastardo, plus rookies Jared Miller and Yuhei Nakaushiro. Spring will be interesting, to put it mildly, for our relievers. Sadly, this apparently puts an end to the conspiracy theory that the gap in the locker-room set-up at SRF was for J.D. Martinez - though it was for a late arrival!