- he is cheap,
- he has seemingly topped out in the minors, and most importantly
- he doesn't seem good enough that you care he isn't getting at bats,
has gone down with a torn left hammy. The Nats don't really have any in-house options (they actually care about Tyler Moore and want him hitting everyday). Ladson's article notes Mark DeRosa as a back-up possibly since he can fill in at more than one position. That is true. He can. So can I. Also true. And while we're going over truths let's remark how DeRosa is too old to field any thing but the "bad fielding" positions (corner OF and 1B) with any sort of skill, yet at the same time is too old to hit well enough to be stuck in those positions. Just noting.
But the choice of DeRosa wouldn't be in a vacuum. Are there better choices out there? Yes, but not many. If you can convince Derek Lee that it's time to back-up I think he'd make an ideal one but he had a strong finish to 2011. Good enough to make him and some GM believe he can start all year somewhere. The Nats would be served well with some lefty pop if Nix and Ankiel both don't return. But Hinske and Giambi both took small contracts to stay with their teams. Juan Miranda, maybe? That would be more interesting to me than DeRosa but you can see we're at a point where you wouldn't fault the team for going with DeRosa. (a totally intriguing option would be Jorge Posada - but that would take convincing him he should never bat righty nor play catcher, and he should switch leagues, to a team that might not make the playoffs... so not gonna happen)
Maybe you can sign a better bat and move them to first, I guess. But at that point you might as well re-sign Nix or Ankiel as a 4th OF and move Morse over to first if something happens