During the Winter Meetings, Nationals manager Davey Johnson acknowledged that he called DeRosa after it was learned that first baseman Chris Marrero would not start the 2012 season on time, after tearing his left hamstring while playing winter ball. Johnson managed DeRosa during the World Baseball Classic in 2009.
"I know we are talking to the Nationals, amongst other teams," DeRosa said via telephone. "I'll say this: I'm highly interested and it's a good fit. It's really all I know right now. I talked to Davey. He was my coach for the WBC for Team USA. I got to know him good there. He just called to express the fact that he would like to see me come over there and be a part of the organization.
"I'm good buddies with Jason Marquis [who played with the Nationals] and he raved about his time over there. There are a lot of good things, but as far as being close to signing anything, I would say no."
DeRosa, 36, spent the last two years with the Giants. This past season DeRosa played in 47 games for San Francisco and hit .279 with 12 RBIs. He became a free agent after the season ended.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less