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Report (dispelled): Braves Have Claimed Mark DeRosa [updates]


A report on MLB Trade Rumors site tonight is that Mark DeRosa of the Blue Jays has been claimed on waivers. While the claiming team is officially unknown at this point, a report from an Ottawa sports reporter – Craig Smith – is that the Atlanta Braves are that team [hat tip to TT writer Fred Owens for the retweet on this]

8/8 AM:  TWO UPDATES:

Ken Rosenthal (via twitter) – Sources: #BlueJays will not move DeRosa, who has been claimed on waivers. Team holds $750K option on him for next season.

We received a request from Craig Smith (@1310CraigSmith via twitter) to change the attribution of the above report.  His original tweet was this:

Craig Smith@1310craig 11hReports: Atlanta Braves pick up Mark DeRosa on waivers from the #BlueJays. Toronto can still pull him back before tomorrow. #MLB

He did not cite a source of his own here – nor has he subsequent to this – and has requested that he not be directly linked.  From the wording, I had presumed that he was privvy to those “reports” directly (the fallacy of operating in a 140-character world).  Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave us with anything more than a rumor.  As we reported, though, it would be surprising if DeRosa were to make it past 27 other teams to fall to Atlanta.

The more important part:  it does appear from Ken Rosenthal’s report that the Blue Jays are intending to keep the 38-year-old, thus removing the drama all together… regardless who the claiming team is.

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THURS NOON UPDATE:  It wasn’t Atlanta

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The MLBTR report mentions that tomorrow Thursday is the deadline for a trade to be completed for this deal.  The Blue Jays have the option to pull DeRosa back – removing him from the waiver wire – if a trade proposal is not acceptable to them.

DeRosa is currently on a $750K deal with a 2014 team option for the same amount.  He is a 15-year veteran, aged 38, and was with Atlanta from 1998 through 2004.  This year, he has appeared in 61 games for Toronto, hitting .231 (.317 OBP, .765 OPS) with 7 homers and 29 RBI in 164 plate appearances.  He was on the field tonight, going 1 for 5 with a walk and 2 strikeouts in 9-7 loss to the Mariners.

DeRosa’s value is as both a RH pinch-hitter and utility man, as he can literally play all over the field… except perhaps shortstop, pitcher, and catcher.  It would be nice to reunite with this old friend.

Frankly, winning this claim would be a surprise.  The Braves are literally the next-to-last team in line right now:  the entire American League would get first crack, then all National League clubs except Pittsburgh.  But it’s also possible that the other competitive clubs passed in the hopes of someone ‘bigger’.

What Would He Cost Atlanta?

Likely not very much.  I would estimate a minor prospect – and someone not on the 40-man roster, which would ease the transaction.  That said, it might be a little tricky:  once a claim is awarded, teams have 48 hours to work out a deal.  The first day has reportedly already passed, though there could be a delay while the Blue Jays scramble their scouts to take a quick look at players the Braves may have offered.

We show know something later tomorrow on Thursday, I expect.

 

 

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  • cheadrick

    Ugh. Bout all I can say.

    • Matthew Jones

      Any particular reason for the ugh? I know he’s not the most sexy pickup, but he’s still got a .320 OBP this year in limited play, plus he seems to have found his pop again.

      • cheadrick

        Not really, other than the fact that he’s been all over, and seems to me to be regressing (despite a decent season this year). As Fred says, he might be lightning in a bottle though, and he is definitely cheap. With pickings slim, if the Braves did get DeRo back, it’s good to have that extra bench bat. Jordan Schafer made Wren look genius. Maybe Mark can too. No real reason for the ugh other than just always hoping for more. I’m a dad though, so I’m realistic ;)

        • Matthew Jones

          Certainly understandable about him regressing since he’s 38 now. And dang, if you’re not right about Wren and Schafer. I remember when they announced that deal this offseason and thinking “why are we messing with this joker again?!” Well, it’s a good thing I’m not GM, right? :D

          I think if this were to happen (and of course it’s all speculation), the success of it would depend on who we give up to get him and then, in turn, if DeRo keeps playing above expectations. And we should always expect more from our guys, right?

          • cheadrick

            Well Wren got lucky with Jordan. I think he’s far from genius. That aside, DeRo can hit, and being on a contending Club is sometimes all a player needs.

          • Joseph Fain

            He can sure as hell hit better than Janish (of course, so can my grandmother).

          • cheadrick

            LOL. Yeah, and Janish is a bit more limited in terms of a full-fledged utility player. My grandmother could play all positions ;)

  • fireboss

    The one thing DeRo could always do was hit. He’s also a solid 1st 2nd and third base option as well as a left field option. If he’s our Constanza goes down I suspect. I’ve always liked DeRo and he would love to come home to end his career. Could be a lightning in a bottle thing or a flop but He hits better than Constanza and is more utilitarian. We still need a LH bat w power. . . and a starter

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Well, if we get him, we’ll be done – but no starter will be available for sure.

      • cheadrick

        An if Uggla goes down. Also, yeah we need both, but a starter I still think is the more pressing need. Remains to be seen whether Beachy can toe the mark well.

        • fireboss

          Saw that Giants backed off Lilly after looking at his medicals- elbow likely – so he’s not an option. Still think someone unexpected will clear waivers and be available because GM’s do things that seem silly in order to support their cunning plan (not to subtle Black Adder reference.)

          • cheadrick

            Well it’s look iffy. I still hold out hope that Beachy will be one of those post-TJ guys that come hard right out of the gate minus a few rough outings. He clearly got better in his last outing, and maybe game 1 against the Marlins will provide more data.

          • Matthew Jones

            It seems that his stuff is alright except for about three pitches every 2 innings. I remember hearing on the telecast that a lot of TJ players will have their stuff after surgery, but their touch won’t be there yet (meaning that velocity, etc, but not location, basically). I think if we get any wins from Beachy this year, it’s a bonus.

          • cheadrick

            Yeah, it’s mostly just getting back good control of spot command. Post TJ arms tend to drift, and some do much better than others with that. Jury is still out on Brandon, but I like the positive signs from his last bump. I’m with you – outside of another viable starter, and questions about Maholm’s role yet to be answered, some wins with Beachy starting will definitely be a bonus.

          • Matthew Jones

            Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what the Braves end up doing with Maholm (although I’ve not seen an update as to what his status is. Are they sending him on a minor league assignment to extend him to September callups?) Also, although I have no evidence to support this, one of the things that it seems is that Beachy doesn’t have his mechanics down in the same way as he did prior to surgery. All I can say is that it’s almost like spring training games or very early season games for him where he’s still working out some kinks in his delivery.

            So do you think that the Braves go to funhouse crazy 6 man rotation again like last year? I’d hate to see Wood put back in the bullpen if he continues to excel as a starter.

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            I saw something about Maholm doing bullpens in preparation for starting a rehab session. No word beyond that yet, but not word of a setback, either.

            Minor Minor did capture a pic of him on the plane last night, so he was traveling with the team, it seems, FWIW!

          • cheadrick

            Hard to say what they will do with Maholm. He had been getting steadily worse since late May or so when he went on the DL, but I personally would have him in there with his experience before I would either Wood or Beachy. That’s just me though. He should be back about mid-August, and will do at least one minor league rehab start, and maybe more if he’s not showing any command. The Braves might be trying to extend his “DL” stint and rehab work out as far as they can to get more of a Beachy sense, but it’s all conjecture at this point. As for the six man, I never liked it. I don’t think pitchers stay as sharp on 6 man rotations.

          • Joseph Fain

            No way the Braves go to a 6-man rotation when they have several pitchers who are clearly better than the rest of the bunch. Why would they want to give Minor / Teheran fewer starts in favor of Beachy / Wood / Maholm?

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