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Mark DeRosa

Mark DeRosa

Cleveland trades former Chicago star Mark DeRosa to St. Louis for middle reliever and player to be named later.


Move sure to add fire to already heated National League rivalry!


CLEVELAND — In what has to be considered a lopsided trade, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired super utility man and developing slugger Mark DeRosa from the Cleveland Indians for middle reliever and touted prospect Chris Perez and a player to be named later.

DeRosa immediately adds fuel to an already bitter rivalry in the National League East between the St. Louis Cardinals and DeRosa’s former team, the Chicago Cubs.

DeRosa, who was traded by the Cubs after his career year in 2008, was hitting .270 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI while with the Indians. DeRosa is on pace to replicate last year’s statistics and hitting in a lineup with the National League’s best hitter, Albert Pujols, almost certainly guarantees he will.

DeRosa adds depth to a team plagued with injuries. After being penciled in as the Cardinal’s starting third baseman prior to the 2009 season, Troy Glaus has yet to return from off-season shoulder surgery. Shortstop Khalil Greene has been bruised the entire year and was recently sat due to an anxiety disorder. DeRosa can play almost any infield and outfield position so he could prove invaluable to the team in that capacity.

Cleveland rooters have to be scratching their collective heads with this one. If DeRosa had left the team as a free agent following this season, as he was likely to do, the team would have gained two draft picks. Instead, the Indian’s acquired a middle-of-the-line righty and an unknown player.

Chris Perez was expected by St. Louis fans to take over Jason Isringhausen’s closer role a few years ago. Upon each call up, however, the 24-year-old was consistently wild and never flourished in the role. He features a mid-90’s sinking fastball and a power slider. Perez’s stuff profiles him as a classic closer, but it’s expected that Cleveland will ease him into the team’s setup role, behind Kerry Wood.

The only way this deal works in the Indian’s favor is if the player to be named later is 2008-draftee and quick-riser Brett Wallace or right-handed pitcher Jess Todd. The Indian’s are desperate for bullpen depth, as evidenced by this hasty trade.

DeRosa should be in St. Louis today.

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  1. This isn’t a great move, DeRosa isn’t a middle of the lineup guy and his production comes nowhere near the point not to pitch around Pujols.


    June 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    • So are you saying that this is a bad move for the Cards? They’re finally getting someone who can hit lefties, someone who can replace all their brittle infield parts, someone on pace to jack about 30 homeruns…for nothing more than an average middle reliever.
      Sure, I’d pitch around Pujols to get to DeRosa, but at this point, that’s a really a null and void point. I’d pitch around Pujols to get to anyone.
      Is there anyone who you would rather have? Or that you would think can fill the team’s voids better?


      June 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

      • Matt Holliday is who they need, DeRosa is an okay player but he is nowhere near the point of being feared. The Cards won’t give up Brett Wallace, even for Holliday.


        June 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

  2. Nice move by the Cards. The only way it would be even potentially bad is if they include Wallace. From what I have read they are dangling Wallace for Holliday. I wouldn’t do it if I were the cards, but it sounds like Wallace is not on the PTBNL list. Todd and Samuel supposedly are.

    With Kennedy (remember they are paying him 4M to play for Oakland), Glaus (I think Piniero and Ankiel too) money coming off the books, it should be no problem for the Cards to sign DeRosa and keep him for 3-4 years at the hot corner or wherever else they want to put him.


    June 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    • If I were the Cards I would do Wallace for Holliday in a heartbeat. You get a proven bat and glove for someone who hasn’t even taken a hack in the majors yet. There’s absolutely no way I don’t take that offer. It would be great if the Indians get Todd, he’d be the only real way this works out in their favor the slightest bit. If it’s anyone else, they got ripped off big time. But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.
      Do you think they’d sign DeRosa to something long-term?


      June 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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