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Mark DeRosa available?

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John Heyman of Sports Illustrated

reports that Cleveland has DeRosa on the market; allegedly they’re looking for pitching in return.

I’d like to see the Cubs jump all over this; despite DeRosa’s mediocre 2009 numbers I’d say he’s worth parting with a decent minor league pitcher. DeRo is a free agent after this year and I’d bet his numbers would jump if he returned to the Cubs dugout. He’d be a good guy to give a $6M/2 year extension to as well, solid insurance at third in the event that Ramirez doesn’t stay healthy and we all know he can play corner OF and 2B well too. What do y’all think?

On an unrelated note, Iowa outfielder Brad Snyder fractured his wrist and will likely miss 2-3 months, perhaps more. It’s a shame because he was hitting .312 with 12 homers and would have been a nice insurance policy for our corner outfield players.

  • despite DeRosa’s mediocre 2009 numbers I’d say he’s worth parting with a decent minor league pitcher.

    They are not looking for a decent minor league pitcher. They are looking for major league ready pitching. The Cubs don’t exactly have a surplus of major league ready pitching right now.

  • cap’n obvious

    I would say bringing him back would be akin to Hendry admitting he made a mistake letting him go, and big league General Managers, as a rule, are too egomaniacal to admit mistakes. I would love to see him back, but won;t hold my breath.

  • Lizzie

    Completely agree that they aren’t keen on admitting they were wrong, but maybe he can couch it in such a way as to protect his own ego … you know, something like we had no idea Aramis would suffer such an injury blah blah blah. They’re good at rationalizing things. 🙂

  • I’d bet his numbers would jump if he returned to the Cubs dugout.

    By the way… why would this happen?

  • As long as we all take a breath and drop the ‘DeRosa was our MVP’ talk, which is amusing and amazing, and look at him as the utility infielder he has always been, he could help us. Lord knows the real mistake seems to be getting Aaron Miles, who was a major league hitter in St. Louis and looks useless at the plate this year. Not likely the Cubs will do it but they have admitted lots of mistakes — Jaque Jones, Joey Gathright, for two examples — and made moves.

  • Aaron Miles, who was a major league hitter in St. Louis and looks useless at the plate this year.

    Aaron Miles had one good year.

    He essentially was and is a replacement level player, who played over his head for one season. In 2008 his BABIP was 30 points above his career BABIP, further inflating his numbers.

    It was a pretty awful signing, especially when looking at the cost.

  • Mark Strickler

    Perhaps now is the time to devote a full post about the semantical differences between “major league ready” and “decent minor leaguer.” Seriously though, is Jose Ascanio not ready? Kevin Hart is as ready as he’s going to be too, and what about JR Mathes? Does Cleveland honestly think they’re going to get a #4 or #5 starter for DeRo? Of course not and I don’t believe that’s what the Tribe is looking for either. Rather, they are looking for somebody at the minor league level who’s close to cracking a roster. Let’s not over-simplify what Heyman wrote.

    The reason why I believe DeRo’s numbers would improve is because his current stats are nothing like the last three years. There is no trend based upon years (versus months) like Derrek Lee has. He’s in a league where he doesn’t know the pitchers and parks and would be coming back to his comfort zone.

  • Seriously though, is Jose Ascanio not ready?

    Sure… but do the Cubs really want to give him away? It isn’t like they have a lot of options to step up to the big leagues to take Ascanio’s slot in the bullpen, do they?

    Let’s not over-simplify what Heyman wrote.

    How I am over-simplifying it? Heyman said they want someone that can help them now. Kevin Hart is not really that guy (i.e. one that will help them now), and will not be enough to get DeRosa from Cleveland.

    He’s in a league where he doesn’t know the pitchers and parks and would be coming back to his comfort zone.

    You do know that he was in the American League before he came to the Cubs, right?

  • MJ

    There is no trend based upon years (versus months) like Derrek Lee has.

    I’ll say again, there is no “trend” that D Lee is declining like every proclaims him to be.

    DeRosa, like Miles, played out of his mind last year. I think Hendry moved him at the right time, he’s coming back to earth.

  • Mark Strickler

    Milwaukee needs a 2B, anybody here interested in seeing DeRo in a Brewers uniform? Nashville has two pitchers that are major league ready, Mike Burns (6-0, 2.15 in 50.1 IP) and Tim Dillard (6-1, 2.66 in 42.2 IP.)

  • I’ll say again, there is no “trend” that D Lee is declining like every proclaims him to be.

    New post up on Lee’s alleged decline.

    DeRosa, like Miles, played out of his mind last year.

    Not really… DeRosa’s year was the best of his career, but it was hardly out of line with what he had done in the two previous years.

  • MJ

    Not really… DeRosa’s year was the best of his career, but it was hardly out of line with what he had done in the two previous years.

    Maybe “playing out of his mind” was the wrong term for DeRosa. Q

    Quite honestly, I think he’s been playing above his potential for the past couple of years. I wonder if Gerald Perry had anything to do with that?

  • Mark Strickler

    MJ makes an interesting point. Gerald Perry gets dogged a lot but this Cubs team had some pretty good stats last year. Let’s give Perry credit where credit is due.