Report: Mark DeRosa Primed To Join the San Francisco Giants

Cole ClaybournCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17:  Third baseman Mark DeRosa #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws to first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Tim Dierkes of is reporting that the Giants are close to a deal with utility man Mark DeRosa.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted around 12:45 Monday afternoon that DeRosa and the Giants were nearing a two-year agreement worth $12 million. 

This move has been in the works for about a week. Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweeted on Dec. 23 that the Giants had offered DeRosa the two-year deal, and the next day ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that DeRosa was leaning toward accepting the deal.

DeRosa would be a good fit for the Giants, as he will likely play third base, allowing the less athletic Pablo Sandoval to move to first base. 

DeRosa spent last season with the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals, where he hit .250 with 23 home runs and 78 RBI and was predominantly a third baseman. 

He was plagued late in the season with a wrist injury that kept him sidelined for much of the second half, but he was still productive in the middle of the lineup for the Cardinals.

DeRosa's skill set is rare and allows him to play almost anywhere on the field, so he could see some time in the outfield in San Francisco as well.

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