"Most seasons, DeRosa can be a serviceable utility infielder, but, as a regular, he's stretched...He opened the 2004 season as the Braves' starting third baseman, but a .233/.276/.317 line as a regular prompted the Braves to move Chipper Jones and his prop-comic glovework back to the hot corner. DeRosa's torn ACL should be fully healed by spring training, but it's too soon to know whether it's cost him any mobility. If he's no longer able to perform spot duty in the middle infield, then he no longer has any business being on a major league team."

–Baseball Prospectus 2005

"The Braves non-tendered DeRosa after he blew out his knee in late 2004, but a quick recovery got him a minor league contract from the Rangers. A career utility infielder, he eventually wound up in right field as a desperate alternative to Richard Hidalgo. He hit well while playing there, and Showalter mistakenly stuck with him far too long. After a respectable year, he's earned himself at least another few years of employment, playing on Sundays or as an injury sub."
–Baseball Prospectus 2006

On Tuesday, Jim Hendry was once again spending money like a man on a mission.

In this case, the mission seemed to be overpaying for Mark DeRosa.


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