One more second base option: DeRosa
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin says he wants to stay in-house to fill Rickie Weeks’ absence at second base, but you know he and his assistants are keeping an eye on the trade market.
Here’s another name to throw out there: Mark DeRosa. The Indians would listen to offers, according to SI.com’s Jon Heyman and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but before you start ordering Brewers jerseys with DeROSA stitched across the back, read on. Both stories say that the Indians would want pitching that can help them today. They’re not ready to give up on the season, and rightfully so since it’s May 20.
So if those are the criteria and you’re Doug Melvin and you’re interested in DeRosa, what kind of deal could you put together? The Brewers lead Major League Baseball in quality starts and the bullpen has been excellent since Trevor Hoffman took his spot at the back end. Would you be willing to trade away some of that stability for the improvement DeRosa would give you over a Craig Counsell//Hernan Iribarren/Casey McGehee platoon? Would DeRosa, a right-handed hitter and a .262 hitter at Miller Park, be an improvement over that group?
Those are the kind of questions Melvin and his staff has to ask.