Indians third sacker and former Cubs utilityman Mark DeRosa appears to be the Cardinals primary target for offensive help, according to multiple sources across Major League Baseball.
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DeRosa fits the bill of a strong offensive player who can field third base adequately and then move somewhere else if Troy Glaus is actually able to get his powerful bat back into the middle of the St. Louis lineup.
" [The idea is] to add some offense that still gives you the flexibility, should he come back," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told MLB.com. "If he doesn't come back, you still have a viable solution, and if he does, then there's still other places that the player could play."
That sounds a lot more like DeRosa -- who can play pretty much anywhere but behind the plate --than it sounds like Garrett Atkins or Adrian Beltre, a pair of career third basemen. But Atkins and Beltre sound a lot more like the middle of the order slugger the Cardinals need to protect Albert Pujols from a seemingly endless stream of intentional walks.
DeRosa is hitting .262 with 8HR and 34RBI for the Tribe. But he hit between .285 and .296 over the last three seasons and has been hot lately with a .333 average over the last two weeks.