Here’s a Thought: Mark DeRosa Doesn’t Deserve $12 Million

Posted: 29th December 2009 by Nathaniel Stoltz in MLB
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The San Francisco Giants wound up making the mistake. But if they hadn't, someone elseáwould have. For some reason unbeknownst to me, baseball execs throughout MLB thought Mark DeRosa was worth several million dollars a year. DeRosa wound up getting six million dollars for two years: a two-year, $12 million deal. This is the sort of move that, as an analyst, drives me up the wall. Mark DeRosa doesn't do anything particularly well. He hit a mediocre .250/.319/.433 in 2009, a .752 OPS. Third basemen as a whole hit .265/.335/.421, a .757 OPS. So, offensively, he's close to average.á DeRosa will be 35 before the 2010 season begins, and he appears to be in decline. His strikeout-to-walk ratio (121/47) was the worst he's had since 2003 and second-worst of his career. His strikeout rate has inc ...

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