Nationals pursuing Mark DeRosa, Greg Dobbs, and Willie Harris for bench jobs

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Washington’s search for bench bats has led them to express interest in Mark DeRosa, Greg Dobbs, and Willie Harris, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

Dobbs and Harris are left-handed hitters and strictly role players, while DeRosa is a right-handed hitter who was an everyday player before wrist problems derailed his career three years ago.

Chris Marrero is in danger of missing the first half with a torn hamstring, so DeRosa could be used as a platoon partner and/or fill-in for the left-handed-hitting Adam LaRoche at first base.

Ladson writes that beefing up the bench with capable bats is a priority for manager Davey Johnson, who “was not happy that it was built on speed and defense” in 2011.