Cubs' GM Jim Hendry praised Mark DeRosa for his contributions over the last two years but added, ?We felt like we had to move forward in this direction, and that?s why we decided to make the deal.? The reason for moving DeRosa had as much to do with his position as anything. With Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Theriot, and Geovany Soto as everyday players, second was their only option for a lefty hitter. ?There really wasn?t another place to get more left-handed than at second,? Hendry said. ?We certainly like the way Fontenot played last year and we think he?s deserving of more time, and that?s why the acquisition of Miles (was made). ... When you really stop to analyze it, if you want three, four, potentially five (left-handed hitters) on the field at the same time, then second base was an area we felt like we possibly could make a change. It certainly had nothing to do with the type of player DeRosa is, and he was an integral part of us winning the last two years. "He certainly lived up to everything we thought he would be. But when you look at it from that perspective, moving forward, that was the area to probably change the deck at.?
Cubs Try To Explain Logic Of DeRosa Trade