No reunion with Rubby
Old friend Rubby De La Rosa re-signed with the Diamondbacks on a minor league deal this past week. His late season arm issues put a damper on his services but in a winter where pitching is at a premium, I’m still surprised that all he was able to muster was a minor league deal.
De La Rosa will earn $750K upon making the big league roster and also can earn an additional $3.5MM via incentives,
Since he’s going to move to the bullpen I guess the incentives will be games pitched or active days on the roster. The Diamondbacks saved the $3MM he might have made in arbitration, and with this contract only have to pay Rubby the $3.5MM if he earns it compared to getting $3MM in arbitration and possibly suffering from an injury-plagued 2017 season.
If Rubby proves healthy the Diamondbacks will move him to the bullpen, which is probably where he belongs and where I thought he’d bring the most benefit to any team taking a chance on him. When healthy he has the stuff to become a solid bullpen option like many of the ex-starters that have found new life in a bullpen after floundering with success as a starter.
Don’t be surprised if Rubby becomes a solid back-end bullpen option for the Diamondbacks as the season moves along.