ESPN is reporting that Cardinals free agent third baseman/second baseman/outfielder Mark DeRosa is "leaning toward" accepting a two-year contract offer from San Francisco.
The Giants have reportedly offer DeRosa two years and $12 million. Long considered to be the Cardinals' Plan B if they can't re-sign slugging oufielder Matt Holliday, it would seem as if St. Louis could afford to match that deal and STILL be able to afford Holliday with about $23 million left to spend within a $100-million budget.
DeRosa would be a nice insurance policy for rookie third baseman David Freese who has arched eyebrows with his recent arrest for allegedly driving drunk. He could also play second base against lefty pitchers even if Holliday came back.
I wonder if the lack of movement toward DeRosa on the part of the Cardinals means they are confident of getting a deal done.