Profile: Mark DeRosa is a 37 year old veteran third baseman who brings 14 years of big league experience to a Nationals squad full of young inexperienced talent. DeRosa was most recently with the Giants where he won a ring in 2010, so he also adds a proven winner to the roster. Before his time with San Francisco he played for the Braves, Rangers, Cubs, Indians and Cardinals. He spent four years in his career as a full time starter but in his advanced age has been relegated to a back up role at this point on his career. The Nats brought him on board to fill the role of super utility man, as he’s seen playing time at six of the seven positions in the field (all but CF) over the course of his career. At this point DeRosa wont provide much offensively, batting just .235 with just one HR and 22 RBIs in 179 ABs over the last two seasons. Defensively DeRosa isn’t great anymore either. He’s reliable when he can get to the ball but being 37 and never having good speed even in his youth, his range is awful. For those reasons I like Bernadina and Lombardozzi better as the utility men, but I still like the DeRosa signing for what he brings in terms of leadership.
84 ABs, .249 Avg., 1 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, .329 OBP, .289 SLG, .618 OPS