Mets Confirm Interest in Mark DeRosa

Versatile player could fill many of their needs

Even before Jose Reyes became the latest Met to suffer an injury, leaving Wednesday night's game, the Mets had been talking with the Indians about acquiring Mark DeRosa to play first base in Carlos Delgado's absence, an official from one of the teams confirmed to FanHouse.

Now that move makes even more sense. DeRosa could play shortstop until Reyes recovers from his right-calf injury - DeRosa would be an offensive upgrade from utilityman Ramon Martinez - and then move to first base while Delgado works back from hip surgery.

DeRosa, whom the out-of-contention Tribe acquired in December from the Cubs, has played 139 games at shortstop (mostly in 2001-05) and 17 at first base. But it's expected he could handle both positions adequately.

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