Adam Rosales has had a busy travel agenda in the past month. The infielder has been designated for assignment a total of four times, bouncing back and forth between the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers organizations.
Oakland cut him, sent him to the minors, called him up, and cut him again. He was claimed by Texas and then cut loose three days later (for outfielder Joey Butler) only to be re-claimed by Oakland. Again just days later he was cut again (for right-hander Sonny Gray) and today he rejoins the Rangers once again. It’s unclear why exactly the two squads are so enamored with Rosales, causing the see-sawing back and forth between the two organizations.
The 30 year old has struggled at the plate this year, batting just .191/.267/.316 in 154 PA. All of those appearances have come with Oakland, as Rosales failed to see any action in the three-day stint he spent with the Rangers last week. He’s hit .280/.315/.420 in the minors, albeit in just 54 PA.
His defensive versatility is a plus, as Rosales has spent time at shortstop, second base, and third base on the year and even played a game in left field. He also has some limited exposure at first base in his career. He could conceivably offer depth at all four infield positions for the Rangers – presuming he sticks around long enough for the opportunity this time around. Texas may have room on their 40-man roster to easily fit Rosales in, but their active roster is a different story. It remains to be seen who’ll be optioned out to make room for Rosales, or if the team will simply place him immediately on waivers in an attempt to sneak him down to Triple-A (Rosales is out of options, after all) until rosters expand on September 1st.