Mark DeRosa will try to get his career back on track in Washington.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals, who plan to use him as a bench player.
DeRosa just completed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants during which he played just 73 of a possible 324 games because of wrist problems and hit just .235 with a .593 OPS.
General manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson have repeatedly stressed the importance of having veterans on the bench as the Nationals try to become contenders, but DeRosa is 36 years old and had his last healthy, productive season in 2008. He’s certainly worth a low-risk flier, but expectations should be pretty modest.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: