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. 

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Sweet! I still miss Casey Blake though :-(

Bye Bye Marte

Hey, no pressure my esteemed colleague but here you go. :)

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DeRosa at 2nd /Cabrera at short / Peralta at 3rd with parts to spare , Barfield & Carroll sounds good ! Still need a solid #3 or 4 veteran starter ! Best off season in some time ……so far

This is a questionable move in my opinion, a stance which appears to be in the minority from reading most responses. Here’s my issue with it: Shapiro claims to be strapped for cash after signing Kerry Wood but he just took on a $5.5M contract. He obviously decided that infield help was more important than a middle of the rotation pitcher. This is a veteran move for only 2009 when clearly Shapiro is building more towards 2010. Marte and Barfield won’t break camp with the team. I just cannot understand why we gave up on Josh.

I like josh also , he ‘s still young ….. but the k to walk ratio last year in Buffalo will get him a ticket to Columbus !

I don’t like this move at all. It would be ok if they were signing this guy as a free agent, but giving up Jeff Stevens for another Dellucci is crazy. I don’t see how he improves the infield over Peralta, Cabrera, Barfield/Carroll. Sure he hit 21 home runs last year, but his previous best was 13, and that was in Texas, which isn’t exactly a pitcher’s park. 21 is the aberration, I bet he doesn’t hit above .260 with 10 HRs … and that Jeff Stevens proves to be a better right handed reliever than Joe Smith

I like it. He’s only signed for a year, he’s hit between 285 and 296 for the last three years, strikes out a bit but isn’t slow as molasses on the paths and decent in the field. Plus, it opens up more options of the in INF in the future since it is an expiring contract… i.e. Valbuena, Barfield, etc. for 2010. My only question is, will he grow a beard?

isavage30, lets not bring up Dellucci or I might bleed from my eyes and ears again (THREE YEARS?!). I would agree with your assessment on Stevens’ potential versus Joe Smith particularly because he’s a sidewinder with a terrible L/R BA split and numbers don’t lie. DeRosa has been a full time player for only three seasons so I’m hoping his productivity for 2009 is as consistent as those years. Barfield does have one more year of options but the infield logjam and Wedge’s preference for Carroll practically guarantees his inactivity. My guess is that at the trading deadline, when another slow start by a pathetic Wedge team keeps our hopes of playoff baseball nonexistent, Jhonny Peralta and his friendly contract gets traded. You heard it here first.

I’d be down with trading Peralta now, before he causes another slow start. He kills them with his slow feet all year, but really kills them with his offense in April: .222, .229, ,227, .225

maybe playing in the winter league will cure his slow Aprils. far as i can tell, he hasn’t played winter ball since 2003/04.

You “fans” need to get off Peralta’s back he is not and never will be Omar ! Omar is one of the greatest of all time ! LOOK AT THE STATS PEOPLE ! GET SLIDING BAREHAND GRABS , BEHIND THE HEAD UPSIDEDOWN UNDERHAND TOSSES OUT OF YOUR MIND !!!!!!! IN 2008 JP FIELDING PERCENTAGE .979 ( GOLD GLOVE TO M.YOUNG .984 IN LEss TOTAL CHANCES ) JP’S O IS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER SS IN THE AL MORE 2B 3B HRS RS RBI AND SLG THAN THE OVERRATED JETER OR ANYONE ! SO HE STARTS SLOW AND K’S MORE THAN SOME AND HE’S NOT A BIG TV INTERVIEW GUY SO WHAT !!!!!!! J.P. IS A SOLID PLAYER A WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM

I hope the Indians finally decide they’ve given up on Barfield and let him go play for team who actually wants him. I like the guy, I think he can play, but you don’t get better on the bench. Watch – see how well Franklin does for the Mariners this season.
It just cracks me up how much we’ve given up for the Andy Marte Experience. The only plus in the whole deal has been Shoppach. We’ve lost solid starting 3B (Blake) and OF (Crisp) and our infield has been a puzzle ever since. Flexibility should not be confused with an inability to make a decision and stick with it.

A-MEN bern !

fuzzy, I am not knocking Jhonny Peralta nor would I ever consider his defense anywhere comparable to Vizquel. Conversely, you cannot compare Vizquel’s offense to JP. Peralta SHOULD have won the silver slugger award for SS instead of Jeter who only beat him in average. My point on a trade is this: deal from a position of strength. Peralta has a very friendly contract (signed through 2010 with a club option for 2011). I would consider Barfield or Valbuena capable of playing 2B with Cabrera at SS for our future. If Peralta continues to play average defensive SS with his offensive output, Cleveland won’t be able to afford him after 2011.

Has anyone else noticed the major problems with the 25-man roster? If Cleveland keeps 12 pitchers, with Adam Miller as the 7th RP, then we need to shed our 15 position players down to 13. This is what happens when Shapiro guarantees roster spots to players. No competition. Once Shapiro rids himself of Marte I can only see two viable options for the last player to be released or traded based on guaranteed contracts: Barfield or Aubrey. Since Valbuena will occupy the 2B job in Columbus, Barfield’s last option year is useless to us. Such the quagmire.

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