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Nationals pursuing Mark DeRosa, Greg Dobbs, and Willie Harris for bench jobs

Dec 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Mark DeRosa

Washington’s search for bench bats has led them to express interest in Mark DeRosa, Greg Dobbs, and Willie Harris, according to Bill Ladson of

Dobbs and Harris are left-handed hitters and strictly role players, while DeRosa is a right-handed hitter who was an everyday player before wrist problems derailed his career three years ago.

Chris Marrero is in danger of missing the first half with a torn hamstring, so DeRosa could be used as a platoon partner and/or fill-in for the left-handed-hitting Adam LaRoche at first base.

Ladson writes that beefing up the bench with capable bats is a priority for manager Davey Johnson, who “was not happy that it was built on speed and defense” in 2011.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    This might seem like minor moves, but consider this- the Phillies have never won the World Series without Greg Dobbs.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      True; he was a pivotal part of that 1980 team.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        He was there in spirit.

      • kellyb9 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        Good point… I believe Jamie Moyer was on both teams…

  2. skerney - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Consider this- Mark Derosa’s left hand is attached with Twizzlers.

    • Alex K - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      I don’t know if it is that strong.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        He probably means Red Vines.

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