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Monday, December 28, 2009

Giants, DeRosa Reach Agreement

It looks like the last guy that I wanted the Giants to sign this winter will actually be coming to San Francisco after all. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Giants and Mark DeRosa are in the final stages of completing a 2-year deal that would pay him around $6 million per year.

If you've been following us here over the last couple weeks, you know my stance on DeRosa, but since it looks like he really is going to be a Giant, it's time to face reality. Sabean has had his eye on this guy over the last few trade deadlines, so once DeRosa dropped his demand from a 3 year deal to 2, I began to get the feeling that Sabean would grab him. I've pointed out how DeRosa's horrible second half of 2009 shows signs of decline, and outside of his last two seasons, he really hasn't ever been considered a power. He has been a late bloomer, as he didn't get an everyday job until 2006 when he was 31 years old, and in his first two seasons as a starter, he averaged just 11 home runs and 73 RBI. Even though he's upped his power the last two years (44 total hr '08-'09), I don't think he's going to bring the power that the Giants are hoping for. I compare him a lot to Aaron Rowand, as his power numbers before coming to the Giants were due largely in-part to lineups they were in and/or the home ballpark in which they played at. Rowand put up big numbers playing in a stacked Philly lineup and playing his home games at Citizens Bank Ballpark, one of the most hitter friendly yards in the league. DeRosa played the last 2 seasons in Chicago, Cleveland and St. Louis, all of which are considered hitters ballparks. Not saying that DeRosa's power will be completely zapped by playing at AT&T Park, but I would expect closer to 12-15 homers than the 22 he's averaged over the last 2 seasons. He's in his mid-30's and his second half of 2009 was truly hideous. I really hope I'm wrong, but I see this signing falling right into the same category as the Rowand/Renteria deals.

Now, I can't just point out the negatives in DeRosa's game, because he's not a waste of a roster spot and will definitely contribute to the team. I just would have rather seen someone else come in here to play third base/first base. Speaking of which, the one scenario that I'd like to see now that DeRosa is on the verge of signing, is possibly sticking him in left field, leaving one of the corner infield spots still open to add a guy like Adam LaRoche. Sabean's still likely searching for another bat, and if he can get an infielder like LaRoche, on the cheap later on in January, then DeRosa at least has the flexibility to play the outfield. I haven't seen enough of DeRosa in left to judge his defensive abilities there, but he's handled the outfield well in the few games I've seen of him out there.

As far as where he'll hit in the order, I'd like to see him hit lower, rather than higher. He's done his best work hitting in the 6 hole over the last couple of years and that would be an ideal spot for him. However, in this Giants lineup, it looks like he'll be hitting fifth right behind Pablo Sandoval. Also, DeRosa impending deal won't actually handicap the Giants like Rowand's deal, or even like Renteria's has. If DeRosa becomes a utility guy in his second year with the Giants, then it won't be such a horrible thing, he could provide pop off the bench and can play almost anywhere on the diamond.
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  • At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The only thing this move does is show that Sabean is still looking for the same washed up veterans, but he is just paying them less, probably because of Neukom. The last thing this team needs is another strikeout bat like Rowand. Agreed that LaRoche would be a decent bat to add, but ownership is looking like they don't want to spend money to upgrade the team correctly, so I am not sure they will do anything else.

  • At 1:19 AM, Blogger Joshua said…

    Derosa will provide some power over Velez. I really do hope is OBP pct is at least at .350. Maybe he will get some walks. Since he is a veteran. I can see him hitting 5th like you said. But the GIANTS need a power threat besides Sandoval. If not Uribe as the everyday 3rd baseman, which he is a power threat by the way, of what he has done in AT&T Park in the past season. We need a BAT that can hammer the baseball, such as mentioned Adam Laroche. I don't see Ishikawa rising to the occasion to be the no. 3 hitter at all!! GIANTS should not be done here, with the lineup.

  • At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Exact phrase

  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger King of Cali said…

    This was a move in the right direction, It wasn't a sexy move but does get the ball rolling. Sabean has said he's still looking for a bat.

    ~King of Cali
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  • At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Jason Billingsley said…

    They're saying that DeRosa's struggles in the 2nd half were due to him tearing his wrist on June 30th. I think if he would have been %100 in the 2nd half, he would have put up much better numbers. I'm maybe in the minority, but I actually like this move. DeRosa isn't Holiday, Bay or Uggla, but he's a nice hitter with 20 homer power and can play all over. Good ad!


  • At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I didn't mind either DeRosa or Uribe, but why add both of them? It seems redundant to me as they both do the same stuff and are essentially the same players, right?

  • At 8:28 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    I think the Giants signed Uribe with the thought he'll get a lot of playing time at short, where Edgar Renteria just isn't an everyday player anymore. Renteria will still start the majority of the games at shortstop, but it wouldn't surprise me to see Uribe start 50-60 games there this year. He'll also be the main back-up for the fragile Freddy Sanchez and fill in at third when needed. So yes, he and DeRosa both have a place on the team, and both will get plenty of at-bats, especially if they're both producing.

  • At 5:49 AM, Blogger Maroussia said…

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