And so it is done. Or if it's not done, it's pretty darn close. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Thursday afternoon that the Nationals have agreed to terms with utility man Mark DeRosa, pending a physical. Official terms haven't leaked out yet, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported late Wednesday night that DeRosa was likely to sign a one-year major league deal and would primarily serve as a right-handed bat off the bench for Davey Johnson.
The Nationals will be DeRosa's seventh big-league team since he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1996. DeRosa, who will turn 37 in February, struggled with a wrist injury for much of 2010 and 2011, only managing to play 73 games over those two seasons. In 2009, DeRosa played 139 games for the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals, posting an on-base percentage of .319 and an OPS of .752 in 576 plate appearances.