4. Mark DeRosa
Mark DeRosa wasn’t a member of the Cleveland Indians for long, but enough so to establish a connection between he and Mark Shapiro, and that makes the former first baseman a potential fit.
The trade that brought DeRosa to Cleveland will live in infamy, as it cost Chris Archer.
As for getting back into baseball, it would be viewed as outside-the-box for Shapiro and Atkins to tap DeRosa as their next baseball chief.
DeRosa has no managerial experience, but he did draw rave reviews for his baseball IQ during his time as an analyst for MLB Network.
Who knows? With Aaron Boone getting the call out of the booth to manage the New York Yankees, why can’t the Blue Jays make an offer to DeRosa.
Shapiro and Atkins have always been proponents of analytics and sabermetics, perhaps they feel someone with DeRosa’s baseball IQ can make it all come together to workout.
Odds: Cafardo listed him a possible fit, but is he even looking to mange? I think the Blue Jays front office will want someone with a little experience who can take their lumps with the club.