Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:27 pm
The Marlins could use a true third baseman, but it won't be Mark DeRosa -- at least not now.
DeRosa went on the disabled list Thursday, because of continuing pain in his surgically repaired left wrist. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants gave DeRosa an injection in the wrist, and want to rest him for seven to 10 days.
That will shut down any DeRosa to the Marlins talk, not that it should have been too hot a topic in the first place. According to sources, while the Marlins have had internal discussions about third basemen (as they should), they never got to the point of actually discussing possible deals with the Giants.
The Marlins have used four different third baseman in the first 24 games of the season, after prospect Matt Dominguez showed this spring that he wasn't ready to take over the job (and then fractured his elbow in a Triple-A game). "The four-headed monster," as one Marlins person described it, has combined for an .812 OPS that actually ranks right in the middle of major-league teams.
While that's not bad, the Marlins will keep looking. They just won't look at DeRosa -- at least not anytime soon.
Posted on: May 21, 2009 12:39 pm
Edited on: May 22, 2009 10:03 am
The Indians would indeed be open to trading Mark DeRosa, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of SI.com . But sources said the Tribe would only deal DeRosa now if he would bring immediate bullpen help in return.
The Mets are in desperate need of infield help, with Carlos Delgado on the disabled list and Jose Reyes sidelined with a calf injury. Ed Price of Fanhouse reported that the Mets have explored a deal for DeRosa, but an official familiar with the Indians strongly doubted that the Mets would have enough pitching to tempt the Indians.
Cleveland's bullpen has a 5.84 ERA, and the Indians lead the American League with nine blown saves (in 17 chances). In the past week alone, the Tribe lost one game after leading 7-0 and another after leading 5-1. As one Indians official said, with even an average bullpen Cleveland would still be in the race in the AL Central.
As it is, the Indians are 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Tigers. But the Indians aren't ready to give up just yet.
"For us to trade [DeRosa], we've got to get something that can help us now," one Indians person said. "And I don't think anybody is looking to give up pitching."
Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:33 pm
LAS VEGAS -- The Phillies would love to acquire Mark DeRosa as part of the proposed three-team Jake Peavy deal with the Cubs and Padres. But that deal still isn't that close to happening, and even when it does, DeRosa isn't guaranteed to be part of it.
One reason is that the Cubs could well keep DeRosa. Another is that they've started to get calls from teams that would use him at third base.
The Twins, according to sources, are one interested team. The Twins have been shopping for a third baseman all winter, but they lost out on free agent Casey Blake and haven't yet had any luck in attempts to trade for Garrett Atkins or Adrian Beltre.
While DeRosa was the Cubs second baseman for much of last season, he's played 206 career games at third, and some consider that to be his best position.
If the Phillies were to get DeRosa, it's expected they would use him at second base until Chase Utley is healthy, and then possibly as part of a group that would replace Pat Burrell in left field.
Posted on: October 4, 2008 12:51 pm
DeRosa got it right. In the wild-card era, history shows that the best team in the 162-game marathon often can't make it through the one-month October sprint.
In fact, in the 13 years of the three-tier playoff system, only three times has the team with the National League's best 162-game record represented the NL in the World Series. The Braves did the double in '95 and '96, and the Cardinals made it in '04.
Meanwhile, the "best team" has been knocked out in the first round four times.
The story is a little different in the American League, where six "best teams" have made it to the World Series in 13 years (counting the '07 Red Sox, who tied for the best record with the Indians). But even there, four "best teams" have lost in the very first round.
Who knows why this is true? Maybe it's that a short series is too much of a crapshoot. Maybe it's that the "best team" is often the first to clinch (as the Angels and Cubs were this year), and loses its edge through too many meaningless games leading up to the playoffs.
It is unusual for the team with the best record to exit the playoffs in a three-game sweep, which both the Cubs and Angels are in danger of doing. It has happened, but only twice. The 2000 White Sox (95-67) were swept by the Mariners, and the 2001 Astros (who tied for the best record at 93-69) were swept by the Braves.
As for a 100-win team like the Angels losing in the first round, that's surprisingly common. The Angels would be the ninth 100-win team in the last 11 years to fail to make it out of the first round.
Posted on: October 2, 2008 8:34 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2008 9:20 pm
It's a little shocking to hear one of the Cubs say it.
"I think it's pretty do-or-die," Mark DeRosa said this afternoon. "You don't want to get on a 4 1/2-hour plane ride down 0-2."
Let's think about this for a moment. The Cubs would seem to have an edge with Rich Harden against Hiroki Kuroda in Game 3. They wouldn't feel bad with Ted Lilly against Derek Lowe on short rest in Game 4. And if they won two in LA, wouldn't they feel pretty good about having Game 5 back at Wrigley?
Maybe so, but not if the Cubs really believe that Game 2 is do-or-die.
"I think it would be a huge advantage for the Dodgers, but do-or-die?" manager Lou Piniella said. "If we lose tonight, well, might as well just stay home and forfeit the game in Los Angeles. I don't see us doing that."
Incidentally, in Game 1 Wednesday and before the game tonight, there's been none of the buzz that there was at Wrigley in the 2003 playoffs or even in the regular season this year (and nothing like the buzz there was at U.S. Cellular Field for White Sox-Twins on Tuesday). Hard to say why, but you wonder if some of the Cubs fans have just assumed this team was headed for the World Series, and looked at this series as nothing but the prelims.