Adam Rosales Designated for Assignment
I have long wanted Grant Green to get a shot and today with his being called up from Sacramento for the upcoming series in Pittsburgh that day has finally arrived. Green has earned his promotion by hitting .318/.374/.500 with the River Cats while launching eleven home runs in his 388 trips to the plate. He has a wOBA of .385 and a wRC+ of 128 while walking just 7.0% of the time and striking out in 17.3% of his times at bat. While the beneficiary of a high BABIP (.367) he always has had that throughout his career leading me to believe we shouldn’t just discount the good numbers as the result of that. While this is good news as I like Green and he will be sharing second base duties with another player I am less than enamored with in Eric Sogard, the great news is this finally means the A’s are DFA’ing Adam Rosales.
Rosales has underperfomed for years. He came to Oakland in February of 2010 following a trade with the Reds that saw Aaron Miles head to Cincinnati and Rosales and Willy Taveras return. Of all these players Rosales would be the only one to ever suit up for the A’s and he did well initially with a career year in 2010 when he hit .271/.321/.400 in 279 plate appearances with seven home runs for 1.4 WAR. Since the start of 2011 he has been miserable with a .186/.258/.303 batting line in 326 plate appearances with a combined -1.1 WAR. This year he has been equally appalling worth -0.1 WAR in 147 trips to the plate with a .200/.273/.331 batting line a .268 wOBA and a 68 wRC+. Rosales, who is sort of a fan favorite and seemingly is a favorite of the coaching staff (my guess being because he is the classic “gritty” player), isn’t very good. This move should have been a long time coming and finally it is being made.
Of course there is a decent chance that he remains in the organization. His versatility while impressive (he has played first, second and third base along with left field and shortstop) isn’t so impressive as to guarantee he is claimed by a team on waivers. That may very well mean that he is able to clear waivers without effort resulting in a return trip to Sacramento. Here is hoping that doesn’t happen and that the A’s can cut ties with him and we can all wish him well with another organization. One problem with guys like Rosales is that their versatility is so highly lauded that they clog a roster while not really providing any value from their versatility. I think that has been the case here for the past three seasons.