2013 status: Should be in the mix for a big league job with Boston.
What can I really say about the 20 pitches to four batters Rubby de la Rosa threw against the Giants on August 22 which represented the entirety of his 2012 season? Nothing, really, so I won’t. Well, almost nothing; the picture you see in the card to the right is from that game, and it’s the only time you’ll ever see him wearing #41 as a Dodger, since he was #50 in 2011.
When we look back on the giant trade with Boston someday, it will mainly be judged on how much production Adrian Gonzalez & Carl Crawford (and to a lesser extent, Josh Beckett) brought to Los Angeles. But that won’t be all of it, because not only did the Red Sox unload hundreds of millions of dollars, they picked up two very good pitching prospects in de la Rosa & Allen Webster. And that, really, was always my biggest concern with the deal. Everyone focused on the money and Crawford’s uncertain status, but my argument was that if you’re going to be taking on such massive risk, you probably shouldn’t have been expected to give up two of your best pitching prospects as well. Does anyone really think the Sox wouldn’t have still jumped at the opportunity if, say, Chris Reed & Matt Magill were the prospects? I find it hard to believe they wouldn’t.
That’s not exactly to say I wish the deal hasn’t been done, because as we’ve learned money barely matters to this team and Gonzalez was a badly-needed add to a team which had no first baseman and few options in the market this winter. De la Rosa could potentially turn out to be a star, however, and we’ll all be watching him closely in Boston.
Next up! Aw, poor John Ely!