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Cardinals approach DeRosa about an extension

The Cardinals have been chatting with Mark DeRosa's people about a possble contract extension, according to's Matthew Leach.

While the talks are preliminary, it's good to see the front office continue to try to tie up loose ends as it presumably puts itself in position to make sincere overtures to Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols about extensions.

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Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa celebrates with Albert Pujols following a Cardinals victory over the Nationals.

No word on the reception Cardinals GM John Mozeliak got. But, judging from the way DeRosa has embraced the fans and his teammates, one would have to think he would have some interest in staying around provided the Birds make a reasonable offer in both years and dollars. De Rosa is in the last year of a three-year, $13 million deal he signed with the Cubs in 2006.

There's no doubt that the Cubs would like DeRosa back -- which is another great reason for the Cardinals to try to keep him. But Chicago's off-season plans are going to be impacted by the Cubs ability to shed some of the contracts it already has on the books. So the time to sign DeRosa is now -- while the Cubs have their plate full.

Leach adds that the Cardinals are not currently working on a longterm deal with Ryan Ludwick, who is under team control for two more years