No one is expecting the Miami Marlins to unload any more players than they already did earlier in the offseason at the MLB Winter Meetings this week. However, the team is looking to bring in some players to help out the team. The Marlins have interest in utility man Mark DeRosa to help out with depth on the bench.
DeRosa, 37, only played in 48 games with the Washington Nationals last season and only 47 games with the San Francisco Giants the season before that. There is a feeling out there that DeRosa will end up retiring after a 15-year career that spanned seven teams because he has been regulated to bench work in the latter part of his career.
With the Marlins, he would probably be regulated to bench work as well since the team has its core outfielders set for the 2013 season with Juan Pierre, Justin Ruggiano and Giancarlo Stanton roaming the acres. DeRosa could more than likely see the most playing time at center field if he chose to sign with the Marlins since the organization is not totally set on Ruggiano.
DeRosa has a career batting average of .270 and has hit 93 home runs with 458 RBI on his career. He peaked in 2006 with the Texas Rangers when he batted .296, scored 78 runs and hit 40 doubles. DeRosa would do about the same the next season with the Chicago Cubs in 2007.
DeRosa’s veteran presence is what the Marlins are craving right now: someone to rally the young troops and to enlighten the young minds of the organization. The only thing that could hamper his time is lingering problems with his wrist. DeRosa broke his wrist in 2010 with the Giants.