Cubs fans hoped for Mark DeRosa's return to Chicago, but it won't happen now.
DeRosa, who was reportedly a candidate to take over Keith Moreland's spot on Cubs WGN radio broadcasts, signed on with MLB Network Wednesday as an analyst. He worked for MLB Network during the 2013 and 2011 MLB playoffs.
"While I still had the opportunity to return as a player, it became clear to me that the chance to begin a career at MLB Network was too good to pass up, and I am very excited to get started," said DeRosa.
Moreland departed the radio booth last week for personal reasons. DeRosa was a fan favorite during his two years with the Cubs and fans were excited to hear his name dropped among Moreland's replacements.
Former Cubs Kerry Wood, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville, Ryan Theriot and CSN Chicago Cubs pre/post analyst Todd Hollandsworth are also reportedly on the list of WGN radio additions.
DeRosa announced his retirement Tuesday after a 16-year career, including 2007-08 in Chicago, serving as a major piece on the back-to-back NL Central champs.