Cards Trade for DeRosa

Many Cardinal fans got their wish tonight, as General Manager John Mozeliak pulled the trigger on a deal with the Cleveland Indians.

The Cardinals get third baseman Mark DeRosa in exchange for reliever Chris Perez and a player to be named later.

DeRosa, a 6’1″ right-hander, brings his .270 batting average and 13 home runs over to a Cardinal lineup that is in desperate need of a boost.  Although a career .278 hitter, DeRosa has put up a much better average for the past three seasons.  His 21 homers last season was a career high, but he’s on pace for more this year.  Check out all of his career numbers here.

Listed as a third baseman, DeRosa is really very versatile, capable of playing all over the diamond.  That’s just the kind of player Tony La Russa loves to have on his club.

On the other side, the young Chris Perez was easy to like.  He had a very live arm, with his fastball usually in the mid to upper 90s. Many had him pegged as the Cardinal closer of the future.

We won’t know who the player to be named later is until, well, later.  But I can’t imagine it being one of the team’s best prospects.  In the PTBNL deals the Cards have made in recent memory, none were guys that we wish we had back now.

Overall, I like the deal.  You’ve got to give something to get something, and that’s exactly what Mo did here.  The Cards take on a bit more payroll, but the roster left plenty of room for that kind of flexibility.

I’m anxious to see DeRosa wearing the Birds on the Bat, and can’t wait to see his reception at Busch.

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  • Dave

    Being a die hard Cub fan, I have to say I’m extremely saddened by the news. The rumors around Chicago started up again that the Cubs could aquire DeRosa back from the Indians and everyone got excited. The Indians’ (and Cubs’) loss is a huge gain for the Cardinals. I promise he won’t wow you with extreme power or high slugging percentages but his non-ego dimeaner and willingness to play ALL (yes all; including catcher) positions will bode well for you guys. Given Tony LaRussa’s tremendous use of his players, the way he stragegizes a lineup and his demand of all around good baseball, Mark DeRosa fits in very well. Congratulations! It could very well have sealed the deal on the division! Good luck and go get those Brewers for us!

    P.S. I am BIG Cub fan and will remain a Cub fan. I hope we can catch you guys before the hour-glass runs out but I fear the past mistakes of our management all but solidified the division for our “friendly” rivals.

  • ramseymark

    Yeah, I will let the Cubs fans have Aaron Miles, and we’ll take DeRosa. Letting DeRosa go to sign the historically damaging Milton Bradley was a complete mistake. Hopefully, it will give the Cards a great number 5 guy.