Castrovince is now saying this is a done deal — and once again, the Indians smite a rival, as multiple sources reported the Twins were also deep into talks for DeRosa. Who we're reportedly giving up:
Jeff Stevens — one of a small gaggle of power bullpen arms on the cusp of the majors, along with Tony Sipp, Adam Miller and John Meloan. (This is why Shapiro acquires a pitcher in every deal.) Let some other team have the BP footnote.
John Gaub — A reliever with awesome peripherals last season, but at age 23 in Lake County, way way too old for his league.
Chris Archer — Coming off a decent but unspectacular season at Lake County at age 19, great stuff but serious control problems. Might be the highest ceiling guy in this group, but pretty far down our list of toolsy young pitchers (Rondon, De La Cruz, Gomez).
DeRosa is on a one-year deal for $5.5 million, he's defensively versatile, and he's an Ivy Leaguer — all thing Shapiro tends to like. Even though he's about to turn 34, he put up a 118 OPS+ following on 108 and 102 the two previous years, so I think you pencil him in for league-average production. In a versatile infielder, you certainly take that. DeRosa probably has below-average range at 2B, but not off the cliff.