The Nationals made official their signing of veteran utility man Mark DeRosa, a versatile 36-year-old who will serve multiple roles as part of a bench the Nationals are still assembling. The Nationals and DeRosa agreed on a one-year major league contract.
DeRosa is an accomplished player whose production dimmed over the past two seasons as he dealt with a wrist injury. DeRosa appeared in just 73 games between 2010 and 2011 with the San Francisco Giants, hitting .235/.313/.279 with one homer and 201 plate appearances. Over the first 12 years of his career, DeRosa had a 97 OPS+.
The Nationals valued DeRosa for his experience and his versatility. DeRosa has started at least 75 games at third base, second base, right field and shortstop. Importantly for the Nationals, DeRosa can also play first base, where they could give him ample playing time in a platoon of sorts with Adam LaRoche, who is returning from shoulder surgery.
As for the rest of their bench, the Nationals have also signed outfielder Mike Cameron to a minor league contract and appear settled at backup catcher with Jesus Flores. They showed interest in Greg Dobbs, but he prefers to re-sign with the Marlins.