Monday, December 20, 2004

DeRosa, Hessman non-tendered

The Braves decided before the Monday deadline to not tender contracts to IF Mark DeRosa and IF Mike Hessman, although they do have some interest in retaining their services.

DeRosa had enough success during the past few seasons to earn a shot as the starting third-baseman in 2004. Not only did he struggle (.239, 31 RBI, 3 HR), he also lost his starting position and later tore his right ACL. Still, he is a versatile utility/bench player and is popular in the clubhouse. He'll look at options with other clubs before deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Braves.

Mike Hessman had a brief stint in the Bigs this year- and it wasn't good (.131 in 69 at-bats). His 2004 Triple-A numbers weren't too shabby (.287, 54 RBI, 19 HR) and the Braves have enough interest in him to offer a minor league contract for next year.

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