Former Cardinals infielder Mark DeRosa may soon be out of a job with the Giants, according to a Fox Sports report.
Ken Rosenthal writes that the Giants are set at all four infield spots, so they don't have a place to regularly play DeRosa who is healthy again this year after being limited to 26 games and a .194 batting average in 2010 by the wrist injury that tainted his 2009 stay in St. Louis.
DeRosa is batting .364 in limited duty this year despite getting $6 million for the season as part of his two-year Giants pact.
If the Giants would be willing to eat the vast majority of his paycheck, I wouldn't mind seeing DeRosa back in red. I think he'd be an upgrade over Skip Schumaker at second base or, if he platooned with Schumaker, he'd make a nice utilityman when righty pitchers started against the Cardinals.
Besides being the sort of gritty "winning player" that manager Tony La Russa likes, DeRosa has a productive bat for a middle infielder. Plus, he can play third base adequately, so he'd be helpful in giving David Freese a break now and then or at filling in at the hot corner should Freese be injured for the better part of a third season in a row.
I don't know what the Giants would want for the plucky DeRosa. But the Cardinals couldn't afford to give up much for him out of principle. They were robbed blind by the Indians in 2009 when they gave up closer prospect Chris Perez (no runs allowed and four saves in four tries for the Indians in six-plus innings pitched for the Indians in 2011) and pitching prospect Jess Todd for 68 games worth of the former Cub.