Mark DeRosa claimed but won’t be traded
Here goes the usual waiver wire nonsense. The Toronto Blue Jays placed 38-year old utilityman Mark DeRosa on waivers and he was very quickly claimed. The Blue Jays decided though that they didn’t want to trade him and instead will keep him. DeRosa is hitting .231 with seven homers and 29 runs batted in over 147 at-bats. So for someone he could have been a little pop off the bench and give multiple players a day off when needed. The other thing that made him attractive was that he only makes $750,000 and that contract doesn’t expire till after the 2014 season.
My guess is the Jays did intend to trade him and had a trading partner. What happened though is another team probably came in and saw that attractive price tag and put in a claim of their own. So instead of trading to the new team the Jays probably decided to just pull him back.
ICYMI: From late last night: #BlueJays’ DeRosa was claimed on waivers, but the team will not trade him, according to sources …
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 8, 2013