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Blue Jays utilityman Mark DeRosa claimed off waivers

Aug 7, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that Blue Jays utilityman Mark DeRosa has been claimed off waivers by an unknown team. Toronto has until Thursday to work out a trade, let him go on a straight waiver claim or pull back and keep him.

Waiver claims are very common this time of year and don’t always turn into transactions, but DeRosa has displayed some power recently and his versatility on defense could be of value to a contending club.

DeRosa is hitting .231/.320/.449 with seven home runs and 29 RBI over 147 at-bats this season while appearing defensively at third base, first base, second base and DH.

He has played for eight different teams over the course of his 16-year major league career.

The 38-year-old impending free agent is owned around $230,000 through the conclusion of 2013.

  1. romoscollarbone - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Yankees def claimed him.

    • mississippimusicman - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      It’s being reported elsewhere that it’s the Braves.

  2. flamethrower101 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Something I wasn’t quite sure of and was wondering if I could get some help: when a player is claimed and the two teams try to work out a trade, can players that haven’t yet cleared wavers be included? Heard a lot of conflicting reports last year when the Dodgers/Red Sox pulled off their mega trade and I never could figure out which players cleared waivers or didn’t.

    • gmagic9044 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      I believe that if the player(s) involved in a proposed trade are on the 40 man roster, they all have to clear waivers prior to a trade commencing. If there are specs included in the deal that are not on the 40, then I don’t believenthosenplayers have to be subjected to the waiver wire prior to inclusion in a deal.

    • Bryz - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      The other players involved in the trade must either clear waivers or be claimed by the team that is attempting to acquire them. Otherwise, they become a PTBNL and aren’t traded until after the season is over (such as Rubby De La Rosa in the Adrian Gonzalez/Josh Beckett/Carl Crawford trade with the Red Sox a couple years ago).

  3. garryfish - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Agree about the Yankees

  4. mississippimusicman - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    FWIW, I heard it’s the Braves.

    • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      That would make more sense than the Yankees. considering the Braves are a “contending club” like Drew refers to in the article. The Yankees, not so much.

      Also, if DeRosa was the one claimed off waivers, why the picture of Arencibia?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Yea cause jay fans should know all about “Contending” right? 1993 loser!

      • missthemexpos - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        The picture of Arencibia is HarballTalks subtle way of letting its readers know that Arencibia will be the next Blue Jay player claimed off waivers by a team looking for a catcher that is poor defensively, seldom walks, strikes out way too much, hits for a low average, but does hit some magnificent home runs.

      • nbjays - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        I wouldn’t have an issue with JP being claimed. He’s more of a liability than an asset right now.

        I just don’t think Drew is that good of a prognosticator, though.

    • mississippimusicman - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      Bill Shanks just said Braves on Twitter, but I don’t know who broke the story first.

    • mississippimusicman - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Now Bob Nightengale is saying it too. Looks legit.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    In other news another jays starter got pounded like a screen door in a wind storm today….

    4 innings\7 runs\only 93 pitches thrown to complete those 4 bad boy innings….

    can you say no future?? You bet you can, How about no playoffs since “93? Yep you can say that too, trust me!

    • jjschiller - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      You’re such a bizarre little man.

      You have this strange obsession with the Blue Jays.

      I guess that’s because, with the Yankees in 4th place, there’s only one team worse than yours, so there’s only one outlet for your frustrations?

      Have an ice cream or something. It’ll get better. The Yanks will be competitive someday soon.

      • nbjays - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        You got two out of three right, jj. Bizarre and little describe harry perfectly; man not so much. Juvenile is closer to the mark.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Rat is more like it.

    • jjschiller - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Oh no! And now your poor guys just got walked off by the lowly White Sox!

      Hey, that’s a group of people you could pester and annoy.. White Sox fans! They’re worse than the Yankees.

      Well, not tonight, anyway.

      Hey! What about Royals fans! You could rub their noses in it, they’re NEVER any good.

      Oh. Looking at the standings, I guess the Yankees are looking up at them, too!

      Man. I guess I CAN understand why you’re so angry. The Yankees fucking SUCK this year!

  6. ramblingalb - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    You know, both ATL and NYY may have claimed him. Can’t recall if it goes by league priority or record in August.

    • paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      It goes by priority within league. Because he’s in the AL, the Yankees would be awarded the claim before any NL team.

  7. paint771 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    Heh I like how he suddenly “has displayed some power recently and [has some] versatility on defense” once, you know, the Braves or the Yankees might be claiming him.

    I submit to you, HBT writers and readers, that in any other context that would read “an anemic .231/.320/.449, while playing a stopgap 3B/DH”.

    • jjschiller - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Here’s some context: A .769 OPS is a 107 OPS+, meaning, 7% better than the league. If your infielder who only fills in and pinch hits against lefties is 7% better than average, that’s useful.

      And “versatility on defense” isn’t really hard to understand. He’s played 1st, 2nd and 3rd this season. And last year played 1st, 2nd, SS, 3rd, RF and LF.

  8. proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    DeRosa will probably retire after this season. The Jays will likely let him decide if he wants to join the team that claimed him. If he goes, Kawasaki would probably be recalled from Buffalo.

    • mathieug79 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      I would give either Ryan Goins or Kevin Pillar a shot before seeing Kawasaki again (Not that I don’t like Kawasaki) I just want to see how the youngsters can do at the Major league level.

  9. bravojawja - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    He’s a former Brave, so I assume it’s the Royals.

  10. yahmule - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    You seem some fairly limited players like DeRosa stick in the majors until they’re 38 years old and plenty of guys with twice as much talent wash out way sooner. How you treat people means a lot.

  11. gibbskins9 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    38 year old hitting .231 got to be the Yankees LMAO

  12. delsj - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    It’s great that you let us know that a 38-year old utility man has been claimed off waivers. Just next year, could you please spare us the speech about not getting excited over who gets put on waivers, who got claimed on waivers, blah, blah, blah…

  13. foreverchipper10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Is he really coming back to Atlanta? I remember a time when he was viewed as the heir apparent to Chipper Jones. That didn’t work out too well now did it?

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