So I was writing an article today about a trade rumor involving Mark DeRosa. This is what I had written:
Reports have surfaced recently saying the Giants may be open to shopping Mark DeRosa, specifically to the Florida Marlins. Trading DeRosa would make sense for a few reasons: for one, it would provide the Giants with payroll flexibility assuming Florida is able to absorb some of his remaining salary. That could come in handy at the trade deadline this summer, considering the Giants are likely at their payroll ceiling. It’d also allow the Giants more roster flexibility, since they’ll have tough decisions to make once Andres Torres and Santiago Casilla are eligible to come off of the DL.
Most importantly, though, it’d give the Giants the opportunity to rid themselves of DeRosa before his wrist becomes an issue again. It’s tough for any player to come back from wrist surgery, but especially for one past his 35th birthday. It’s a matter of when, not if, DeRosa’s wrist flares up again- it already prevented him from a playing a few weeks ago in cold weather- and if the Giants can move him somewhere else before that happens, they should.
Except now, DeRosa is reportedly heading to the DL with an inflamed wrist. Since players on the DL can’t be traded, any potential move will have to wait until DeRosa is healthy again…healthy enough to come off the DL, anyway.
I’m no psychic, and I didn’t have to be to guess that DeRosa’s wrist would pose a problem at some point during the season. I never understood why people were counting on him to make an impact this year, since guys close to 40 don’t bounce back from two major wrist surgeries to become any kind of impact player. I don’t want to say DeRosa is done, but it’s foolish to expect any kind of meaningful contribution from him this year.
This speaks to a larger point, though: the Mark DeRosa signing may be one of Brian Sabean’s worst moves, and that’s really saying something. DeRosa was damaged goods when the Giants signed him, and it’s disconcerting to think the Giants’ medical staff didn’t catch his major wrist issues before he signed his contract. He’s provided next to nothing on the field in his time in San Francisco; maybe he’s a good clubhouse guy, but for $12 million the Giants need a lot more than that. He’s been a colossal bust and a tremendous disappointment.
When he’s somewhat healthy again and comes off the DL, maybe the Giants can fool the Marlins into thinking DeRosa can be an everyday contributor and get a useful player in return for him. I have my doubts that the Marlins would be that gullible, though.