Mark DeRosa Passes Physical, Signs with San Francisco Giants
by Caesar Cliffius
The very good and flexible infielder/outfielder is on his fourth team since 2008. He was picked up by the Cleveland Indians at the end of 2008 after playing two years with the Chicago Cubs. He was traded midseason of 2009 to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he finished the season.
The Giants were demanding a physical exam to be passed before a final deal could be reached, which apparently DeRosa did pass.
DeRosa began to exhibit some power while in Chicago, hitting 21 HR in 2008. He hit 23 last season, 13 with the Indians and 10 with the Cardinals.
The Giants have been looking for ways to improve their offense. They are hoping DeRosa will provide some pop in the middle of their batting order. It is anticipated that he will play third base while the Giants plan on moving Pablo Sandoval to first base.
DeRosa should solidify an infield that already includes Edgar Renteria and former batting champion Freddy Sanchez. Infielder Juan Uribe has been in contract negotiations with the club but has yet to ink a new deal.
DeRosa's best year came while he was with the Cubs in 2008, when he hit 21 HR, had 87 RBI, batted .285, and scored 103 runs.
The Giants were seven games over .500 and finished third in the National League's West Division, seven games back of the division-winning Los Angeles Dodgers, in 2009.
Here is a look at DeRosa's statistics:
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