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 FOXSports.com 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 FOXSports.com 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.