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Mark DeRosa Targeted By Mets for Possible Trade

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Mark DeRosa #7  of the Cleveland Indians in the field against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

It looks like the Mets are finally taking their problems seriously.

According to an AOL FanHouse report, the Mets have contacted the Indians about Mark DeRosa, who is capable of playing pretty much any position on the field.

While the acquisition of DeRosa would certainly help the Mets’ depth problems, I am not sure if he would be worth the return. The NY Post speculates that it may cost J.J. Putz, which would create a bigger hole in the bullpen.

I know that Putz has failed to dazzle the fanbase thus far, but we need to remember that it is still May, and he has been battling quite a few injuries. Putz on top of his game is one of the best setup men in baseball.

DeRosa has the ability to hit to all fields with power, and he plays first base, second base, shortstop, and third base. He also has played outfield as well. He has the versatility of Joe McEwing, but he is a much better hitter.

Overall, DeRosa is hitting .255 with six homers and 26 RBI. What is more impressive is he would add another good right-handed bat against lefties, off which he is hitting .316 this year.

The thought of acquiring DeRosa is definitely enticing, but I worry at the cost. He is on a contract year, and he is owed over $4 million for the rest of 2009. I just hope the Mets do not have to overpay to fill their hole.

Boy, I love trade rumors.

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