Tuesday, December 29, 2009

DeRosa Hearts San Francisco

Super utility man Mark DeRosa has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants worth $12 million.

DeRosa split the 2009 season between the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals hitting .250 with 23 home runs and 78 RBI. Although DeRosa made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in 1998 he really didn't blossom until 2006 as a member of the Texas Rangers. DeRosa, who turns 35 in February, signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs the following year and enjoyed two productive seasons before being traded nearly a year ago to the Tribe. He was dealt to the Cardinals last July.

While DeRosa can play a variety of positions it is expected that he will play third base for the Giants in 2010. That means Pablo Sandoval will play first base. That also means the Giants won't be pursuing Adam LaRoche. While DeRosa has driven in at least 70 runs in each of the last four seasons I think the Giants need one more big bat. Matt Holliday would be nice but I have a feeling that won't happen. Jermaine Dye could be a nice fit.

Still, the Giants are standing a little taller today.

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