Source: Giants close to deal with DeRosa

The San Francisco Giants are closing in on a two-year deal with

Mark DeRosa, according to a major-league source.

The Giants are expected to use DeRosa at third base and also

as a super-utility man who could fill in at multiple positions.

The Giants, who boast one of the best rotations in baseball,

have been looking to add offense this offseason. However, one

source told last week that San Francisco believed top

free agents Matt Holliday and Jason Bay would receive bigger offers

than the Giants were willing to give.

As first reported by last week, the Giants are

also close on a one-year deal with Juan Uribe. Uribe will serve as

a pure utility man, giving San Francisco a very versatile roster.

Assuming the team signs both DeRosa and Uribe, 2009 breakout player

Pablo Sandoval will likely play first base.

The Giants have also spoken to second-tier free-agent

outfielders such as Jermaine Dye, but it is unclear whether the

DeRosa signing will affect those pursuits. Even with the addition

of DeRosa, the Giants still need to add power as they face the loss

of free-agent catcher Bengie Molina.

DeRosa going to the Giants will be somewhat of a blow to the

Cardinals. DeRosa represented part of the backup plan for St. Louis

if they failed to sign Holliday.