The St. Louis Cardinals announced Saturday evening that they have acquired infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for right-handed reliever Chris Perez and a player-to-be-named-later.
DeRosa, 34, was batting .270 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI this season, ranking 2nd on the Indians in both homers and RBI. His 50 RBI ranked T10th in the American League at the start of play today. DeRosa's .339 batting mark against left-handed pitchers ranks 17th in the A.L. and his .661 slugging pct. against port-siders is the 8th best total in the Junior Circuit.
"We felt that this deal provided us with an excellent opportunity to improve our team, especially from an offensive standpoint," said Cardinals' Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. "We feel our team has the pitching to contend, and if we can get the offense to produce at a more consistent level, then our overall performance should benefit."
The right-handed hitting DeRosa owns a career batting mark of .278 with 82 home runs and 402 RBI in 964 games with Atlanta (1998-04), Texas (2005-06), Chicago Cubs (2007-08) and Cleveland (2009). His .305 career batting average vs. lefthanders is 22nd best among active players (min. 750 PA) since 1998.
DeRosa has shown versatility in the field throughout his career, playing over 100 career games at third base, shortstop, second base and the outfield. He has appeared in 42 games this season at third, 16 in left field, 9 in right and 7 at first base.
DeRosa enjoyed career highs in both home runs (21) and RBI (87) last season while batting .285 for the Chicago Cubs. He hit a torrid .378 last August with 7 home runs. DeRosa was traded to the Indians on New Year's Eve in exchange for three minor league pitchers.
The 6-1, 205-pound native of Oradell, NJ attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was the Quakers starting quarterback from 1993-95. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Atlanta Braves in 1996.
Perez, who turns 24 on July 1, was the Cardinals supplemental first round draft selection in 2006. He is 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA and one save this season.
DeRosa is expected to the join the Cardinals for their game Sunday afternoon (1:15 p.m. CDT) against the Minnesota Twins. He will wear uniform #7.
Audio clips on the trade:
Tribe GM Mark Shapiro: link
Shapiro's comment about the player to be named later: “…That is a structure we felt had worked well for us in past trades at times when we acquired guys like Coco Crisp and Michael Brantley. It is a piece of significant value, a meaningful part of the deal. We’ll have the rest of the season, the minor league season to scout the guy and make a decision or we can make the decision at any point along the way as well…”