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One thing the Braves lacked this year was a utility type like Mark DeRosa or Omar Infante.
Despite the fact that DeRosa will be 37 years old before the start of spring training, and the fact that he's played in a combined 73 games the last two years due to injuries, the journeyman infielder still has value.
With the Braves missing a super utility player with a strong bat and the versatility Omar Infante provided in 2010, DeRosa is a candidate to return to the Atlanta.
During a career that has lasted the better part of 14 seasons, DeRosa has played everywhere on the diamond except center field, catcher, and pitcher. That means he would be the type of option capable of slotting in for starters in desperate need of a rest, despite not having a regular position himself.
This is an important factor for a team that has injury-prone stars like Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward, and Martin Prado in the lineup, as well as a question mark at short.
When healthy, DeRosa is a good bet to hit between .270-.295, and with over 20 homers in each of his last two full seasons, 2008 and 2009, he has considerable pop.
He is also a veteran presence who adds 22 games of postseason experience to the team that will land him.
DeRosa could be had for somewhere around $1 million after two injury plagued years and the fact that he's going to need to shake off some rust as a 37 year old. The Braves wouldn't need DeRosa to be more than a role player, which is when he's at his best anyway.
If the Braves look in other directions for a utility player with a quality bat, the Dodgers' Jamey Carroll and the Tigers' Wilson Betemit (another former Brave), could be in the discussion.