That took long. After last night’s debacle in Kansas City, the first sign of surrender has been posted on GM Mark Shapiro’s office door. According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Indians are now fielding offers for the multi-positioned Mark DeRosa.
The Mets are one possibility for DeRosa, since the versatile 34-year-old could play first base, but it’s believed Nick Johnson tops their wish list, with Aubrey Huff or possibly Russell Branyan likely ahead of DeRosa. The Mets would have greater interest in Indians star Victor Martinez, but there’s no indication Cleveland would consider trading him.
Really Jon? The Mets are more interested in Vic the Stick than DeRosa? In other related news, water is wet, fire is hot, and the Browns are a poorly run organization. DeRosa was added as the final piece to the 1-9 Tribe lineup and was though to handle the third base job. Instead, he has struggled defensively and with strikeouts, and has looked more like the second coming of Casey Blake. He is on a one year, $5.5 million deal and should attract several suitors.