My comment had less to do with DeRosa than it did Soriano; who's a butcher at 2B. He will play the outfield for the rest of his career because the Cubs don't want him at 2B. I only brought up DeRosa because of the poster insinuating that the playing time of one of the other FA signings would be jeopardized if Soriano can't play CF.
My post sounded more harsh than I had intended. My apologies for that. I guess the thing (from the Cubs' point of view, not necessarily yours) is that, yes, he's a butcher at 2B... but even as a butcher, the offense that he provides above and beyond DeRosa is well worth it. If they want to give CF, or even a corner OF slot, a try, that's fine. But they shouldn't hesitate for one second to move him to 2B if they have a shot at acquiring an imact corner OFer. Mark DeRosa has no business keeping a team from improving itself.
LOL, I hear what your saying but I really don't think DeRosa (or player "X") would matter. By all accounts, Soriano was the Cubs' number one FA target. However, DeRosa was signed first. That tells me that the Cubs never intended to play Soriano in the INF. Again, it's not because DeRosa is great, it's because he's far more sure handed than Soriano at 2B. DeRosa will be ths starting 2B but there will be games when he plays 3B for Ramirez while Ryan Theriot plays 2B. Both are better defensive options that Soriano on the infield.