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Marlins looking at Mark DeRosa for third base?

Apparently, having one third baseman with wrist injuries isn't enough. The Marlins are considering trading for Mark DeRosa.

Mark DeRosa has just 20 plate appearances through 22 games for the Giants after missing most of last season following wrist surgery, so it makes sense that he could be on the trading block and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reportsthat the Marlins are "keeping an eye on" him.

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DeRosa is 36 years old, hasn’t been productive since the first half of 2009, and is making $6 million in the second season of a two-year, $12 million deal, but presumably the Giants would be open to eating some of that salary in return for a mid-level prospect.

And to top that off, the Giants just placed him on the DL.

From NBC Sports.

Giants placed 3B Mark DeRosa on the 15-day disabled list with wrist cartilage inflammation.

DeRosa's surgically-repaired wrist is structurally intact, but some surrounding soreness is causing him discomfort. The new developments will almost certainly kill whatever trade talks the Giants had going this week with the Marlins. DeRosa, 36, could be out a while.

 

Donnie Murphy has a better chance of getting his act together than DeRosa. For now, the Marlins are winning and the hole at third isn't hurting. If Murphy can regain his stroke, then the Marlins don't have a problem. If he can't, and I think he will, then the front office needs to explore options, but Mark DeRosa isn't one of them.