The Toronto Blue Jays hold a $750,000 option on infielder Mark DeRosa for 2014. While the Blue Jays are expected to pick up the option it all appears depended on whether or not the 38-year-old wants to return.
“To be honest with you, this season has been fun, it’s been a grind. … But I really just want to get away for a minute, reestablish myself as a husband and father, and then kind of decide whether I want to keep going,” DeRosa said. “Obviously, they have much bigger fish to fry than me, and I understand that. Once I hear what direction they kind of want to go with, then it’s a decision to be made by me and my wife.”
DeRosa, a 16 year veteran, is hitting .228/.322/.413 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 81 games this season.
“I feel like I’ve had to be a very selfish person in this profession. I feel you got to commit 100 percent if you’re going to hang around here and be great, or be good,” DeRosa said. “A lot of people have had to take a back seat to it. I never felt like that was fair, but I thought it was the best way to approach it for me. I think the nicest thing to do, when I am done playing, is be the least selfish person in my family. Let other people do what they’ve always wanted to do.”