The Cleveland Indians acquire Mark DeRosa from the Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 3 January 2009 at 9:52 pm

The Cleveland Indians have acquired 33-year old righty swinging 3B Mark DeRosa from the Cubs for minor league pitchers Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and John Gaub. This was a great move for the Indians as they didn’t give up anyone they will likely regret giving away down the road. DeRosa played in 149 games for the Cubs last season and he was 144 for 505 (.285 avg, .857 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 21 homers, 87 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He has now played in 893 games in his major league career in which he is 740 for 2,650 (.279 avg, .770 OPS) with 406 runs scored, 69 homers, 352 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. DeRosa would be a great choice to bat 2nd for the Cleveland Indians in 2009 behind Grady Sizemore. The best thing about getting DeRosa is that the Indians won’t be tempted to give Andy Marte any at bats in 2009! 25-year old righty reliever Jeff Stevens was the Indians’ #19 rated prospect heading into the 2008 season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 5-4 with 6 saves, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Stevens’ claim to fame in Cleveland was the fact that he was the player the Indians got from the Reds in return for Brandon Phillips! 20-year old righty Chris Archer pitched in 27 games (all starts) in A-ball last season and he was 4-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. 23-year old lefty John Gaub pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in A-ball last season and he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. This was a good trade for the Cleveland Indians as Mark DeRosa should fit right in.

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