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Giants re-sign Uribe; DeRosa's position in flux

Dec 30, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

My assumption was that Mark DeRosa would play third base for the Giants after signing a two-year, $12 million deal yesterday, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the 35-year-old has not been promised a set spot and “doesn’t care where he plays, so long as he’s in the lineup every day.”
General manager Brian Sabean explained yesterday that he’s still looking to add another hitter after signing DeRosa, noting that the team has “some offers on the table” and “will flush out the offensive possibilities” within the week. One of those offers was to Juan Uribe, who has reportedly decided to re-sign with the Giants after starting 103 games last season evenly split between second base, shortstop, and third base.
If the Giants are bringing Uribe back to fill the same utility role DeRosa may still end up starting at third base, but if Uribe is the extent of Sabean’s “offensive possibilities” it’s possible that he’ll play primarily third base with DeRosa getting most of his action in the outfield. DeRosa, Pablo Sandoval, and to a lesser extent Uribe give the Giants the flexibility to basically pursue any free agent hitter they like regardless of position, because they can shift those three guys around to make room for the new guy just about anywhere.

  1. Dirck - Dec 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    The Giants are one of the few teams where signing a major league average hitter automatically upgrades their offense . If they can improve from atrocious to bad offensively , with their pitching they might win the division .

  2. Claudio Sitze - Jan 27, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

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