Adrian Cardenas Designated for Assignment
Today the A’s made the Jonny Gomes signing official, the Casa Grande High School alum from Petaluma will earn $1.1M with $200K in incentives available for him to earn. With the A’s roster full Gomes’ addition meant someone had to be let loose and that person is none other than infielder/outfielder Adrian Cardenas.
Cardenas disappointed in his time with the A’s. A former first round draft pick of the Phillies in 2006 he came to the A’s along with Josh Outman in the trade that sent Joe Blanton Philadelphia-bound. A formerly well-regarded prospect, Cardenas spent all of 2011 in Sacramento, posting a good .314/.374/.418 slash line with an OK .356 wOBA and 100 wRC+. while playing second and third base, shortstop and left field. While there was some thought that he could be given a sort of utility man role that likelihood diminished greatly with the re-upping of Adam Rosales.
While Cardenas didn’t seem like a bad option to DFA, his value does seem very limited in a practical sense to the A’s and where they need to go, he still seemed more valuable than other DFA candidates like Sean Doolittle who I have felt would be the first DFA’d for over a year now. What the organization sees in Doolittle at this point is beyond me. Also other perennial DFA candidate Pedro Figueroa seems like a strange choice of player to keep on the roster when other more useful pieces seemingly have been let go (both for the big league squad and for just depth at Sacramento). Melissa Lockard of Scout.com tweets of the move,
“I did not see the A’s designating Adrian Cardenas. He didn’t have a home position-wise in Oakland, but he’s got some value. I sense a trade.”
I don’t know that I necessarily agree with his having trade value. I would not be surprised if he were able to clear waivers and be outrighted to Sacramento despite his former first-round pick history. The A’s have 10 days to make a decision regarding Cardenas.