Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal says the Cardinals contract extension talks with third baseman mark DeRosa ended when the team offered less than the $17.5 million over three years that the Dodgers last year gave to Casey Blake.
DeRosa, 35, is a year younger now than Blake was when he signed his deal. But the Cardinals are a little bit concerned about DeRosa's injured wrist that is in need of off-season surgery.
Meanwhile, DeRosa told the Chicago Sun-Times that he would be open to the idea of going back to the Cubs even though he was shocked they traded him to Cleveland over the winter.
''Obviously, my allegiance lies here [in St. Louis]," DeRosa told the Sun-Times. But once the season's over, I have no ill feelings towards anybody over there. I enjoyed my time there. I didn't agree with the move, but I didn't have any control over it.''
Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa, right, plans to test the free agent market after the season despite the success he has enjoyed in St. Louis. AP photo.
I'd like to see DeRosa come back to St. Louis. Heck, I would like to see the Cardinals come back with exactly the same roster in 2010 that they have right now. But the most important thing is to keep the offensive core together by re-signing Matt Holliday.
If the Cardinals can't bring back DeRosa, they still have David Freese on the radar. Freese, who was never right with the Birds this season after reporting to spring training with a heal problem suffered in a car accident, is finally healthy and has been hitting well with the Class AAA squad in Memphis.
But DeRosa isn't exactly expendable. He's a clubhouse leader and he can play several positions well. If Freese came on strong, the Cardinals could move DeRosa to second base in 2010 and move Skip Schumaker back to the outfield if Rick Ankiel leaves as a free agent. Or both Schumaker and DeRosa could switch from the infield to the outfield as manager Tony La Russa juggles his players.