Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told MLB.com's Matthew Leach that the Cardinals have approached Mark DeRosa about an extension beyond this season. DeRosa, who has tied his career high with 21 home runs, is hitting .261 on the year.
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DeRosa is a career .277 hitter, who brings a lot more to the table than his bat. He is extremely athletic, able to play multiple positions on the field. He is a leader in the clubhouse, and a favorite among local reporters and fans. He assumed that role in Chicago as well as his limited time in Cleveland. His positive relationship with upper management makes the Cardinals decision to retain him an easy one.
Mozeliak stressed that talks are still in the early stages, so an extension may not be worked out for the next several weeks. DeRosa, who will be 35 by Spring Training next season, is likely to command a two or three year deal worth 6-8 million dollars annually.