Tag:Mark DeRosa
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:23 pm
 

Giants agree to terms with Miguel Tejada

Moving quickly to plug the hole in their infield, World Series champion San Francisco agreed to terms with shortstop Miguel Tejada on a one-year, $6.5 million deal Tuesday just hours after postseason hero Juan Uribe officially signed with the Dodgers.

Tejada's deal with the Giants, confirmed to CBSSports.com by a high-ranking baseball official, will not be formalized until after he passes a physical. Because the Padres did not offer Tejada arbitration, they will not receive a compensatory draft pick from the Giants. The deal was first reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.

Part of what made Tejada attractive to the Giants, aside from the fact that he generally misses only a game or two a season, is that he can play both shortstop and third base. With serious questions surrounding Pablo Sandoval's ability to lose weight, the Giants could line up next year with Sandoval at third and Tejada at short ... or with Tejada at third and someone else at shortstop.

That someone else could be Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett. Trade talks between the Giants and Rays are continuing even after the Giants reached an agreement with Tejada, according to multiple sources. One source described talks between the Giants and Rays as "fluid."

Tejada, 36, started last season at third base in Baltimore, then returned to his old position, shortstop, when the Padres acquired him in a trade just before the July 31 deadline. Overall in 2010, Tejada hit .269 with a .312 on-base percentage and a .381 slugging percentage with 15 homers and 71 RBI.

In 59 stretch-run games with San Diego, he batted .268 with eight homers and 32 RBI.

If Sandoval follows the workout regimen prescribed for him this winter and loses 15-to-20 pounds, he and Tejada likely will make up the left side of the San Francisco infield.

But a trade could change that, as could the presence of Mark DeRosa, who missed almost all of 2010 with a wrist injury. DeRosa can play multiple infield positions, including third base, and outfield. He could spell Sandoval at third.

Either way, Tejada currently is lined up to play short -- unless general manager Brian Sabean acquires a true shortstop over the next several weeks.

Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:25 am
 

Put him in coach, Fontenot ready to play

SAN FRANCISCO -- Poor Mike Fontenot.

There he was, ready to play in the first World Series game of his life.

There he was, in the on-deck circle to bat for relief pitcher Javier Lopez in the eighth inning as the Giants were en route to a 9-0 crushing of Texas in Game 2 on Thursday night.

There he was, being introduced by the public address announcer as the next batter with San Francisco comfortably ahead 6-0.

There he was ... U-turning back to the dugout when manager Bruce Bochy elected to hit Aaron Rowand when Texas summoned lefty reliever Mike Kirkman.

"Fontenot, he's entered a game in the World Series," said Giants veteran Mark DeRosa, who has been sidelined for most of the season with a wrist injury. "He told me that when he got back to the bench.

"He said, 'I played.'"

Indeed, because he was announced as a pinch-hitter, you will find Fontenot's name in the Game 2 box score. No plate appearance, but, hey. He played. Sort of.

Maybe next time.

Likes: The Willie Mays statue in front of AT&T Park rightfully gets all the recognition, but the Juan Marichal statue a little further down Third St. next to McCovey Cove is very cool, too. The statue captures the incredibly high leg kick of Marichal, who had the grace of a ballerina. You'd swear it would topple over with a good gust of wind. ... Went for a long run along the Embarcadero here down toward the ballpark, and you forget how many delivery trucks it takes to make sure a ballpark is well-stocked for a postseason game until you see them all parading through around 10 a.m. or so. ... Jokes about manager Bruce Bochy's cap size never get old. Especially because he's making all the right moves right now. ... The energy in this city is incredible. Orange and black Giants garb being worn everywhere. ... Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central High ready to debut in the state football playoffs on Friday night against those big, bad Dundee Vikings. My Falcons advanced to the Division 6 state title game last year, and Coach (and friend and classmate) Jack Giarmo has 'em ready to rock again. Go get 'em, Falcons.

Dislikes: Early morning flights, like the one I'm on very shortly here as I type these words!

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Goodbye to all my friends at home
"Goodbye to people I've trusted
"I've got to go out and make my way
"I might get rich you know I might get busted
"But my heart keeps calling me backwards
"As I get on the 707
"Ridin' high I got tears in my eyes
"You know you got to go through hell
"Before you get to heaven"

-- Steve Miller Band, Jet Airliner

 

Posted on: April 19, 2010 11:08 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:01 am
 

Giants get good news on Rowand

The shiner on Aaron Rowand's left eye Monday brought to mind the old joke, "You should have seen the other guy."

Only in this case, after Rowand suffered fractures in his cheekbone when he was hit by a Vicente Padilla pitch Friday, the punch-line was different.

"You should have seen it the last couple of days," the Giants' center fielder said. "It's pretty good today."

It's all relative, but the big news of the day for the Giants is that Rowand not only will avoid surgery, but doctors have told him that he should be good to go as soon as he's eligible to return from the disabled list on May 2.

"It's great news for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before the series-opener with San Diego. "It's the best news we could get.

"He can't do any activity until Friday, but after that, he can do baseball activity and then he can come off of the disabled list when he's able to."

Rowand was off to a good start, hitting .304 with a homer and six RBI in 10 games.

In his place, Bochy said he'll probably use Andres Torres more often than not "because Torres is our best center fielder with Aaron Rowand down and we're getting our best defense out there."

With Mark DeRosa also down with a strained hamstring -- the Giants hope he can return maybe as early as Wednesday -- Bochy said he probably will mix and match Eugenio Velez, Nate Schierholtz and John Bowker, depending on pitching matchups.

"A lot depends on where we're at with DeRosa," Bochy said.

DeRosa did pinch hit Monday night, batting for pitcher Matt Cain in the seventh inning with the Giants trailing San Diego 2-1 with one out and runners on second and third. Facing reliever Luke Gregerson, DeRosa struck out.

Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:17 am
 

Twins express interest in DeRosa

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here's a new player on free agent third baseman Mark DeRosa: The Minnesota Twins.

Looking to fill a hole at either second or third base and hoping to fill it with a productive bat, the Twins spoke with Keith Grunewald, the agent for DeRosa, late Tuesday evening. The Twins are not yet believed to have made an offer yet for DeRosa, who also is a fit with St. Louis, Baltimore and San Francisco, among others.

The Cardinals would like DeRosa back, though their top priority right now is re-signing free agent outfielder Matt Holliday. If the Cardinals lose Holliday, it is believed that they will push hard to re-sign DeRosa -- if he's still on the market.

Minnesota's search, meanwhile, has taken them through San Diego's representatives here in Indianapolis, where the Twins discussed a potential trade for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. The Twins also are tracking Adrian Beltre.

Posted on: August 19, 2009 2:47 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2009 3:09 pm
 

Cardinals sign John Smoltz

Determined to prove he's not finished, veteran pitcher John Smoltz has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after being released by Boston. The deal was finalized Wednesday afternoon.

Smoltz is expected to join the Cardinals' rotation, though he also is capable of working out of the bullpen. St. Louis, in Los Angeles for a night game against the Dodgers on Wednesday, is hoping that Smoltz will help provide the depth it will need for a strong stretch run.

The Cardinals lead the Chicago Cubs by six games in the NL Central and, having already added outfielder Matt Holliday, swingman Mark DeRosa and shortstop Julio Lugo, Smoltz would represent the fourth significant move by a club swinging for the fences and threatening to run away with the division.

How significant a move it will be, if it happens, is yet to be determined. Smoltz, 42, flamed out in Boston, going 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA after coming back from shoulder surgery.

The Cards are expected to plug Smoltz into the back end of their rotation, after Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Kyle Lohse and Joel Pineiro. A return to the National League, where lineups are softer and there is no designated hitter, should be beneficial to Smoltz. And, the Cardinals are hoping, the more he pitches, the sharper he will get.

Even if Smoltz continues to struggle like he did in Boston -- he surrendered 59 hits, including eight home runs, in only 40 innings -- the move really carries very little risk for the Cardinals. They would be responsible for only a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum -- about $100,000 -- and the Red Sox would be on the hook for the rest of his $5.5 million salary.

It is a relatively inexpensive gamble that the Cardinals hope pays off big: Smoltz is one of the best postseason pitchers in history (15-4 career record in October) and could be a lethal weapon either in the rotation or in relief for Tony La Russa's club at some point in the fall.

Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:48 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2008 2:17 am
 

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

LAS VEGAS -- Jake Peavy may or may not have been singing Go Cubs Go in a bar here after attending the Brooks and Dunn concert with his buddy, Houston Astro Roy Oswalt, the other night.

But after more talks Tuesday between the Padres and Chicago Cubs, Peavy's long, strange trip out of San Diego appears to be moving along to a place where Peavy will be able to memorize those lyrics for good.

The Padres and Cubs were scheduled to hold another session of talks later Tuesday evening, according to San Diego general manager Kevin Towers, who said he "feels probably better today at this time than yesterday at this time" regarding the progress of the trade talks.

"We've made some progress," Towers said. "We're just not there yet."

He described the Cubs as having some work to do. Though he wasn't specific, sources with knowledge of the talks say the Cubs must move payroll to take on the $63 million Peavy is owed over the next four years.

Specifically, they're attempting to move pitcher Jason Marquis and his $9.875 million salary owed for 2009.

Though Towers said the Padres and Cubs haven't completely settled on the pieces Chicago would send to San Diego, there is general agreement. Third base prospect Josh Vitters certainly would be in the package, which also is expected to include right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart and possibly pitcher Angel Guzman. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is also a possibility.

A third team almost certainly would need to be involved, and possibly, according to Towers, a fourth club.

Philadelphia, which could end up acquiring infielder Mark DeRosa from the Cubs and sending pitcher J.A. Happ to the Padres, remains one possibility.

Baltimore, which would sent pitcher Garret Olson to the Cubs for outfielder Felix Pie -- and then the Cubs would pass Olson along to the Padres -- remains another possibility.

The Cubs were said to have been approached by another club -- or more -- Tuesday involving players that could be in the Peavy deal. That could mean either Marquis or DeRosa, or both.

Another twist, that likely will mean more delays if this deal is to be completed: The Padres are looking to pick one player -- and perhaps more -- in Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft and, as a result, they may need to clear some space on their 40-man roster to make room for some of the players in a potential Peavy trade.

That presents a scenario in which the Cubs and Padres could agree to a deal in a day or two but delay announcing it until Friday, Saturday or later.

Towers said he believes Hendry has the power to move now in personnel decisions despite the Cubs' impending sale.

"My impression is he has the ability to move if he is comfortable with what he's giving up," Towers said.

Hendry said on Monday that he is operating with no restrictions while the impending sale progresses.

Posted on: March 11, 2008 8:30 pm
 

Experimentin' and thinkin' with Cy Peavy

PEORIA, Ariz. -- National League Cy Young winner Jake Peavy was clubbed by the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of an 8-4 Cactus League loss Tuesday, surrendering four runs and five hits.

To those in the crowd of 5,784, and in the raw box score, it no doubt appeared that Peavy was getting hammered.

Well, yes.

But this also was the textbook example of a pitcher taking time in the spring to work on a few things, which is why Peavy was very pleased afterward.

Mostly.

"I hate the fact that in spring training you get ambushed," he said.

Translation: The Angels had some young guys in their lineup who came out swinging more aggressively than usual in the first inning.

Being that Peavy's goal for the afternoon was to work on locating his fastball, it wasn't an optimal matchup for him. Because as he threw a steady stream of first-inning fastballs, Robb Quinlan, Erick Aybar, Kendry Morales, Jeff Mathis and Nathan Haynes made him pay for it.

So Peavy adjusted his strategy in the second and third innings -- and held the Angels hitless.

As he said, even though it's the spring, there comes a point when pride takes over. So after the rocky first inning, he mixed his breaking balls in, which didn't allow the Angels to sit on first-pitch fastballs, which transformed the game away from glorified batting practice. Peavy went from throwing and locating to pitching.

"There's just something in me," he said. "I just couldn't go to bed tonight without mixing in some breaking balls with those heaters to those young kids."

By the end of it, Peavy said, he "got a ton out of it." He threw 65 pitches. He threw all of his pitches. He worked some pickoff plays with Angels on the bases. And he worked on speeding up his delivery to home -- he was clocked in 1.1 seconds on a couple of occasions -- while attempting to give catcher Josh Bard a chance to throw out some would-be stealers.

Two summers ago, Peavy was as slow as 1.35 to the plate, and when he tried to speed it up, pitching coach Darren Balsley thought his arm suffered.

"I was rushing it, and my arm (slot) was down a little, and I wasn't feeling that good anyway," Peavy said of a summer in which he battled shoulder tendinitis.

Morales nailed an 0-and-2 "back foot breaking ball", Peavy said, a cutter. "That's the only time I tried to put somebody away and it didn't happen."

By the end of the outing, Peavy was smiling in the clubhouse and couldn't stop talking about what a perfect spring outing it was.

"I couldn't let some of those guys go to bed tonight thinking, 'Man, that Peavy was a little flat,'" he said.

The regular season soon will be here.

For now, this is pretty good.

Likes: San Diego manager Bud Black's sense of humor. He was downright giddy Tuesday morning before leaving for China. ... Terrific facility here in Peoria that the Padres and Mariners share. ... Mark DeRosa back playing with the Cubs. Thank goodness that heart episode was nipped in the bud. ... The Cactus League drives sure are easier than the Grapefruit League drives, with clubs more concentrated in two areas (mostly Phoenix, with three down in Tucson). ... The Italian Grotto in Old Scottsdale, a spring staple. ... The University of San Diego over Gonzaga the other night. USD's energy was impressive. ... Van Halen's Dance the Night Away on the stadium sound system.

Dislikes: Any chain restaurant/shopping outlet/fast food joint you've ever heard of or might want to visit, you can find it on Bell Rd. heading from I-17 in toward the Peoria Sports Complex. ... The wireless Internet access at the Peoria Sports Complex retricting access to any entertainment Web site.

Sunblock day? Yessir. Seventy-some degrees and sunny. A dry heat. A sunscreen with moisturizer badly needed.

Rock-n-Roll lyric of the day:

"Went home last night
"Heard a noise
"I asked my wife what was that
"Went home last night
"Heard a noise
"I asked my wife what was that
"She said, 'Man don't be so suspicious
"That ain't nothin' but a cat

-- Blind Boy Fuller, Cat Man Blues

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