Based on their obvious need for a third baseman and the fact that Cardinals third sacker Mark DeRosa went to college in Philadelphia, the Phillies are the favorites to land him, according to Fox Sports.
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I'm not sure if I am sold that these are good enough reasons, since DeRosa seems to have enjoyed his time in the midwest playing for both the Cardinals and the Cubs. Does that outweigh his college experiences? I can't say for sure. But I know that I moved back to the town where I went to college when I was 26 and the places I used to hang out when I was 19 didn't seem to be nearly as much fun when I went back as a grown up with a job...
On the other hand, DeRosa would be the best all around third baseman the Phillies have had since they sent Scott Rolen to the Cardinals. And since then it has been their standard operating procedure to try to fill the hole at the hot corner with former Cardinals. First there was Placido Polanco, who came in the Rolen trade, later it was David Bell who got a big contract after a career year.
Here's the Fox story:
Of the almost two dozen teams that have expressed interest in free- agent infielder Mark DeRosa, the Phillies loom as the favorite, according to a major-league source.
DeRosa attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His hard-nosed style would fit that of the two-time defending National League champions. And his price range might be realistic for the Phillies, too.
The Phillies, who declined their $5 million club option on Pedro Feliz, want to spend between $4 million and $6 million on a third baseman, a second source said.
DeRosa, 34, is coming off a much lower salary ($5.5 million) than two other prominent free-agent candidates at third, Miguel Tejada ($13 million) and Adrian Beltre ($12 million).
The Phillies considered DeRosa before the 2007 season, but opted for Wes Helms in free agency instead.
The Mariners could be another possibility for DeRosa, who played for the M's manager, Don Wakamatsu, when Wakamatsu was the bench coach for the Rangers.
The concern with DeRosa is that he underwent surgery in late October to repair a torn tendon sheath on his left wrist. However, he is expected to be ready for baseball activities by spring training.