According to Buster Olney of ESPN (H/T MLBTradeRumors.com), despite the fact that he’s coming off of one of the worst seasons of his career infielder Mark DeRosa is expecting the bidding for his services to start somewhere around three-years at $9 million per.
As teams have been checking in on the availability of infielders, they have found that the asking price for Beltre is no less than $10 million a year, and for DeRosa, it’s a three-year deal for something in the range of $9 million a year.
The Yankees were already a long-shot for his services, but this virtually takes them out of the running altogether. Despite his bad season in ’09 DeRosa is still a pretty valuable player since he’s nearly capable of playing any position except catcher, pitcher, and center field. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors said that nearly a dozen teams are interested in him, maybe not at almost $30 million, but he will find a job somewhere and who’s to say he won’t get his money.