Mark DeRosa, a big league utility man who graduated from Penn in 1997, signed a 1-year, $775,000 contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. The contract includes a club option for the 2014 season.
DeRosa played for the Washington Nationals last season, posting a .188 average with six RBI in 48 games. Although his numbers were limited, DeRosa brought veteran leadership to a young and inexperienced clubhouse in D.C., and served as a mentor to many of the Nationals who helped lead the team to its first playoff appearance since its relocation to Washington in 2005.
DeRosa graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1997. He has played for seven major league clubs over his 16 seasons. Though he will come off the bench in Toronto, manager John Gibbons will likely rely on DeRosa to bring experience and steady leadership to a Blue Jays squad with high hopes for 2013, especially after acquiring SS Jose Reyes, SP Josh Johnson and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey this offseason.