Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy.
On the field Mark DeRosa wasn’t the Nationals biggest superstar this year by a long shot, but off the field as a 15-year veteran with a World Series ring, he served as a valuable veteran presence, which the young Nationals lacked.
Specifically sought out by Davey Johnson last offseason in his bench-remodeling project, DeRosa played in just 48 games this season and started 16, filling in at several positions when injuries claimed other players. He ended 2012 with a slash line of .188/.300/.247 -- the worst final numbers he ever tallied for a major league season. But the value he added to the Nationals’ clubhouse all but made up for it.
DeRosa saw a significant dec...