Braves Non-Tender Two

Mark DeRosa's 2004 season was certainly a forgettable one. First, losing his starting thirdbase job then tearing his ACL in a freak late September accident, and finally being non-tendered by the Braves on Monday night.

Mark DeRosa and Mike Hessman were non-tendered Monday night as the Atlanta Braves continued to build their roster for the 2005 season.

Both were believed to have been offered lesser contracts to return with the organization next year.

DeRosa, who was paid $725,000 in 2004, will undoubtedly search the market for a guaranteed contract but all signs point for a return to Atlanta - where he has spent his entire career seven year career.

After six years as one of the most solid contributors off of the Atlanta bench, DeRosa, 29, was finally given a chance to start - claiming the thirdbase job out of Spring Training. The position was his to lose as Bobby Cox opted to keep Chipper Jones in leftfield and the Braves had no other players readily available to assume the position.

DeRosa struggled mightily in the role, hitting .139 with four RBI in May and committing four errors (an Atlanta record) in the notorious May 2nd seven error game against Colorado.

Eventually DeRosa would replaced by Chipper Jones at third in mid-June and was relegated back to the bench.

His season came to a crashing halt on September 25th when he incurred a horrific injury to his right knee. Tearing cartilage and sustaining a bone bruise to his knee, DeRosa also was left with a torn ACL and little promise of returning at the beginning of the 2005 season.

Hessman, 26, spent a brief unsuccessful tour with Atlanta in 2004 hitting .130 with two home runs and five RBI over 69 at-bats. He did enjoy a strong season at AAA Richmond, hitting .287 with 19 homeruns and 54 RBI.

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