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Nats, Mets each make depth signing

Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:38 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign utility infielder Mark DeRosa, pending physical, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned. Also in NL East news, the Mets announced via press release that they have signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor-league contract.

DeRosa, 36, hit .279/.351/.302 in just 97 plate appearances last season for the Giants, as a serious wrist injury badly hampered him. He was a key cog in the Cubs' 2008 division championship and hit 23 home runs in 2009, but injuries and inconsistency have held DeRosa back since then. Still, he's said to be a great clubhouse guy and can still play three infield positions. Perhaps most importantly is first base, as DeRosa can back up Adam LaRoche -- who is returning from a season-ending injury -- and leave Michael Morse in left field. It's also conceivable that DeRosa could make spot starts at third to spell Ryan Zimmerman.

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Johnson, 28, hit a paltry .190 with a .544 OPS last season in 199 plate appearances for Padres. So he's a really poor hitter. There's a reason he keeps finding work, however, and that is because he works well with pitchers. He also threw out more than 35 percent of would-be base stealers in 2010 for the Mariners. As things currently stand, the Mets have Josh Thole slotted as the starting catcher, with Johnson competing for the backup job with guys like Mike Nickeas and Lucas May.

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qingtoob
Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:57 am
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Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Nats, Mets each make depth signing

It's a sad year to be a Met fan.. No need to inform us of these weak signings of players who cant fulfill there total position. It's like buying a car that only drives in one gear, it's useless. Another catcher that cant hit..AWESOME!!!



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Nats, Mets each make depth signing

Seems like there are four levels of quality in baseball- the major leaguer, the defensive specialist (can't hit), the guy who's great in the clubhouse (can't hit or field), and everyone else (can't hit or field or get along with anyone).


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