The Nationals are close to signing free agent Mark DeRosa, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). The sides are nearing a one-year, Major League contract and DeRosa will be a super utility player, Rosenthal writes. CSE represents DeRosa, who drew interest from at least four teams this offseason.
DeRosa played in just 47 games in 2011 because of a strained left wrist. The versatile 36-year-old was productive in 2009, posting a .250/.319/.433 line and appearing at five different positions for the Indians and Cardinals. However, he has struggled to stay on the field since signing a two-year deal with the Giants two Decembers ago. When he did play for the Giants, DeRosa posted a forgettable .235/.313/.279 line.