DeRosa? At least it'd be a start

DeRosa? At least it'd be a start

That the Giants have an offer out to Mark DeRosa isn't news. That offer has been out there for a couple of weeks, as have a variety of offers to a variety of other players. The news, and I use that term loosely because neither the Giants nor DeRosa's agent are on record confirming it, is that the offer is a two-year shot worth 12 million.If that's the case, I'm surprised DeRosa hasn't jumped all over it. He's 34 years old, and he's never made more than the 5.5 million he made with the Indians and Cardinals last season.In fact, that's why I'm a tad skeptical about these numbers. But let's say they're accurate and move on to the numbers that really matter.They are: .250, .319, 23 and 78.That's DeRosa's batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and RBIs last year.You're forgiven if your socks did not just get cold knocked off your feet. Eye-popping stats they aren't.But if you're looking for the Giants to make a jaw-dropping move to land someone with monster numbers, you might want to pitch a tent and stock up on pork and beans. It's gonna be a while.Here's another number, though: 105. That's how many games DeRosa played at third base last season, and if his agent catches a clue and realizes that a bigger offer for a 34-year-old glorified utilityman isn't forthcoming, at least that 105 means Pablo Sandoval can get on with what should be a long and successful career as an above-average first baseman. Is DeRosa the answer? No. But the Giants aren't going to be able to sign any one player who is, because the answer to their problems -- and we all know what they are, right? -- will not come in the form of one player. It will have to come, or come close to coming, from multiple players, and DeRosa might be a decent fit in that regard. If it makes you feel any better, think of him as Juan Uribe. He's that kind of player.Look, DeRosa is unlikely to hit 23 bombs playing half of his games at China Basin, and he certainly needs to get that OBP up. But he's a smart gap-to-gap hitter and a decent defensive player capable of bouncing all over the diamond in a pinch, and there's value in that.Is he Steve Austin? Not from this angle. Mark DeRosa is not a 6 million man. Still, they're on the right track if they've realized that three DeRosa types would be more wise than getting one Matt Holliday or Jason Bay.Does this mean I've put my Miguel Tejada drums away? Nope. I'd still much prefer Tejada over DeRosa. The reality, though, is that while Tejada's name has come up in meetings among Giants decision-makers, none of the honchos share my enthusiasm for the notion. Tejada doesn't have an offer from the Giants. DeRosa does.If he's smart, he'll take it. If the Giants are smart, getting DeRosa will be only the beginning.After all, even if DeRosa as Uribe works for you, you're still wondering who the next Bengie Molina is going to be. And once you find him, all you are is back to square one.

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights


ANAHEIM -- Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have won five of six. Aaron Dell stopped 33 shots.

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped only 17 of 22 shots and was replaced after giving up his fifth goal. Anaheim had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Four goals came in the third period. First, Anaheim pulled within one when Ondrej Kase stole the puck from behind the net and quickly fed Getzlaf, who fired it past Dell.

One minute later, the Sharks answered when Thornton's slap shot went in.

Boedker's second goal gave San Joe a 5-2 lead, and Karlsson's goal on goalie Ryan Miller made it a runaway.

The Ducks first found the net in the final minute of the second period, but that took a two-man advantage and a bit of luck.

Rakell was camped a few feet below the crease when he snapped a shot. San Jose's Justin Braun stuck out a stick, but it deflected the puck off the back of Dell's arm and into the net.

It was Rakell's team-high 17th goal this season.

San Jose appeared to take a commanding 3-0 lead on a power play in the second period. Boedker fired a shot from the top of the right circle that whistled past Gibson.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Anaheim's No.1 line turned the puck over. Thornton snapped it out to Labanc, who popped free for a breakaway. He beat Gibson on his short side for his fifth goal.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a nifty give-and-go when Tomas Hertl skated down the far side and sent a pass through the legs of Anaheim's Brandon Montour and right to Vlasic in front of the net.

Vlasic snapped it past Gibson for his seventh goal of the season.


Sharks: Return to San Jose on Tuesday night to play the Jets.

Ducks: Remain at home to play the Rangers on Tuesday night.

49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles


49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is expected to benefit from the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the Super Bowl.

Staley, originally chosen as an alternate, is expected to be named to his sixth Pro Bowl to take the place of Eagles Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, in Orlando, Florida. Members of the Super Bowl participant Eagles and New England Patriots will not play in the All-Star game. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The other Pro Bowl offensive tackles representing the NFC are Dallas’ Tyron Smith and Los Angeles’ Andrew Whitworth, who replaced Washington’s Trent Williams.

Staley got off to a rough start last season as the 49ers opened on a nine-game losing streak. The idea of his career coming to an end began to creep into his mind, he said recently on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

But Staley said he had a talk with coach Kyle Shanahan that got him refocused for the remainder of the season. The 49ers finished with a five-game win streak to finish with a 6-10 record, and Staley played well down the stretch.

“I’m so far gone from where I was in that moment early in the year that I’m just focused on next year and, hopefully, years after that,” said Staley, 33, an 11-year NFL veteran. “I feel like I can still play.

“I think this last half of the season I played some of the best football of my career. I feel very confident in what we’re doing schematically with the people surrounding us, and it shows in my own play.”

Staley would join fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was the only 49ers player named to the Pro Bowl when the teams were announced in last month.