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The Cards plan to bring back DeRosa

Sep 9, 2009, 10:56 AM EDT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals have “significant interest” in retaining Mark De Rosa and that they’ll likely have something done with him before talks with Matt Holliday get going.

I know he’s versatile and everything, but DeRosa has a torn tendon sheath in his wrist that is going to need surgery, and that can be a major injury for a baseball player.  It basically ended Ken Caminiti’s career. Well, the crack and the ‘roids and all of that had something to do with it, but the tendon sheath thing didn’t help.  David Ortiz had it too, and while he’s had his moments lately, many people think that it has contributed to his erratic performance since last year.

However that plays out, I can’t see how Mark DeRosa — who is essentially a utlity guy — can be a priority for a team with a limited resources, one key free agent to be in Holliday and one once-in-a-lifetime player who creeps closer to free agency every day.  At least not in September.  He’s a guy you do a quick deal with in December.

  1. Levi Stahl - Sep 9, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    It’s the versatility and the power. The versatility makes him a LaRussian dream (and, to be fair, really is helpful on a team that’s playing an OF at 2B and carries 22 pitchers), while the power he’s shown the past two seasons (.481 and .447 SLG the past two seasons, respectively) is nice if he’s coming off the bench or playing 2B or, more rarely, SS.
    Now, if he’s playing 3B and being paid a premium for it, that’s a problem. And if he’s playing 3B and being paid a premium for it and hitting like April/May 2009 Big Papi, that’s a real problem.
    Surely Cardinals management has some super-complicated KEEP PUJOLS plan that this fits into?

  2. Steve P. - Sep 9, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Yeah, DeRosa is versatile. He can’t play 2B, 3B, or the OF well….or even at an acceptable level. Yeah, that’s versatile. He can also strike out swinging at pitches out of the strike zone no matter how an at bat starts; I admit it, I haven’t seen many players so skilled at getting themselves out while not seeing anything resembling a strike.
    He’s awesome.

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