DeRosa signs with Blue Jays

DeRosa signs with Blue Jays
January 22, 2013, 2:45 pm
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After playing the role of mentor and veteran as the eldest player on the Nationals in 2012, Mark DeRosa will give it another shot with a new, up-and-coming team. DeRosa has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, the league announced on Tuesday.

DeRosa, 37, spent last season with the Nationals and posted a .188 average in 48 games. He missed much of the season with injuries to his oblique and groin and was left off the team's playoff roster for the National League Division Series.

DeRosa didn't make a big impact on the field with Washington, but he was well-liked in the locker room and received credit from teammates for his influence on the team's younger players. He has 15 major league seasons under his belt and World Series ring from his time with the Giants in 2010.

The Blue Jays traded for R.A. Dickey and a good chunk of the Marlins' 2012 starting lineup in hopes to win a wide open A.L. East this season. DeRosa likely won't play a large role as a utility player off the Toronto bench, but he could provide wisdom and experience to another team on the rise.