Looks like Team USA will have at least one member of the Chicago Cubs on its 2009 roster. Mark DeRosa has agreed to play for the Team USA team. DeRosa is a hot commodity because of his solid bat and his versatility in the field – he can both either corner outfield position as well as any position on the diamond (besides catcher and pitcher) – although he will primarily serve as Dustin Pedroia’s back-up during most games.
DeRosa had a career year for the Cubs in 2008 – .287 batting average, 21 home runs and 87 RBI’s.
Team USA begins its practices on March 2, 2009 in Clearwater, Florida. Team USA will play Team Canada in its first game on March 7th. Italy and Venezuela are the 2 other teams that Team USA has to play in its pool.
Kosuke Fukodome (Japan) and Carlos Zambrano (Venezuela) may also play for their home countries.