The Toronto Blue Jays offseason shopping list may have just gotten a little longer with the revelation that infielder Mark DeRosa, and his veteran presents will be retiring.
AA says Mark DeRosa is retiring
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 12, 2013
Following a season in which he was thrust into a few more games than expected with the Blue Jays after they suffered a number of injuries around the infield, it was assumed by many that DeRosa would be returning to the Blue Jays in 2014.
DeRosa managed a line of .235/.326/.407 with 7 HRs in 236 PA for the 2013 Blue Jays all the while providing that veteran presents that he was brought into the Blue Jays clubhouse to display. Heading into 2013, if you had of said that DeRosa’s retirement following the season would be seen as a loss, I might have called you crazy, but here we are, and losing a player that was able to manage a 100 wRC+ while playing all over the infield isn’t something that will be easily replaced.
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DeRosa retires following a career that spanned 16 seasons, that saw him play in 1241 games. A career .268/.340/.412 to go along with his 100 HRs isn’t exactly something that will have him enshrined in Cooperstown, but you have to be doing something right to last 16 years in Major League Baseball.