Could a DeRosa deal be in the Cards?
St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak is looking for a third baseman. And in describing what he’s looking for to reporters earlier today, he might as well have just said, “Mark DeRosa.”
The Cardinals need a third baseman because Troy Glaus has shoulder ligament damage. The most updated timetable for his return is mid-July or early August.
Basically, what Mozeliak is looking for is a right-handed bat (check) who can play third base (check) until Glaus returns, at which point said bat can slot in elsewhere in the field (check).
The Indians, as you know, have had DeRosa basically on the block for a couple weeks now, because his value to them isn’t anywhere near what it was before Jhonny Peralta moved to third base. So this could be an interesting situation to watch in the next couple days.
In return for DeRosa, the Indians would want Major League-ready pitching. I’m told the Cardinals could potentially make right-handed starter Mitchell Boggs available in a trade, but what the Cards really have to offer is an army of right-handed relievers, such as P.J. Walters or Chris Perez . Jason Motte is probably less likely to be dealt.
We’ll see what happens, if anything.
In the meantime, just a note that I will not be with the club in Minnesota, so the blog will be lineup- and minutia-less for a few days.