Indians deal for DeRosa
The Indians and Cubs have come to a New Year's Eve agreement on a four-player swap that brings infielder Mark DeRosa to the Tribe.
To get the versatile DeRosa, who will likely move from second base to third, the Indians are giving up three Minor League pitchers -- right-handers Jeff Stevens and Chris Archer and left-hander John Gaub.
Though the 33-year-old DeRosa played primarily at second base for the Cubs, the Indians will probably move him to third to avoid disrupting their infield. The Tribe had considered moving shortstop Jhonny Peralta to third and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to short.
The Indians did not have to give up a single proven Major Leaguer to acquired DeRosa, who is coming off his career-best season, because of his contract status. DeRosa is entering the final year of a three-year $13 million contract that will pay him $5.5 million in 2009. He is eligible for free agency after the season.
UPDATE (5 p.m. ET): Both Mark Shapiro and Eric Wedge confirm that DeRosa is moving to third base, though he has the versatility to help out elsewhere, if need be.
"He can play second base, first base, left field or right field," Wedge said. "He's a guy we're not going to hesitate to throw in the outfield, depending on who we're giving a day off or who we're facing. That versatility is huge. This is a very solid pickup."
Wedge also said DeRosa will be considered for the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
And there you have it, folks. One last heaping off the Hot Stove in 2008. Here's wishing you all a safe and happy holiday, and may all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.*
* -- Joey Adams. Always cite your sources, kids.