Free-agent infielder Mark DeRosa spoke with Nationals manager Davey Johnson on Thursday night and said he came away encouraged by the conversation.
The Nationals are one of several teams interested in DeRosa, who missed significant time with the Giants the past two seasons due to a left-wrist injury that required two surgeries.
DeRosa, 36, said that the Nationals, Rangers, Indians, Pirates all have spoken with his surgeon. He also said that the Giants have expressed interest in bringing him back, even though he did not give them the expected return on a two-year, $12 million free-agent contract.
He just wants another chance.
“It’s not like I’m looking for an everyday job, even though (playing) will be my goal going to the yard every day,” DeRosa said Friday.
“I just think I can be a difference-maker on a team, not only on the field, but in the clubhouse. I’ve been on a lot of winning clubs in my 13 years.
“I definitely understand the concerns. If it wasn’t for my wrist getting banged up two years ago, I wouldn’t be in this position.”
DeRosa hit effectively after coming off the disabled list last Aug. 5, batting .367/.439/.388 in 57 plate appearances. He is aware of the large number of modestly skilled infielders that have signed two-year contracts. He believes he still has something to offer.
“I battled back. I had a great September. I would like the opportunity for my career to continue,” DeRosa said.
“I just think the story is not finished yet.”
— Ken Rosenthal