In the span of two weeks, Adam Rosales has gone from the A's to the Rangers to the A's and now back to the Rangers. It is clear that only death will bring Rosales peace from the waiver wire.
It is hard out there for a light-hitting utility infielder. But few have had an intradivisional odyssey like Rosales, who has shuttled back and forth between Oakland and Arlington like an unwanted child after the divorce. Here's the sad transaction history:
- July 31 The A's designate Rosales for assignment to clear a spot for newly aquired Alberto Callaspo.
- Aug. 2 The Rangers claim Rosales on waivers.
- Aug 5 The Rangers designate Rosales for assignment. With the PED suspension of Nelson Cruz, Texas needed another outfielder, so they called up Joey Butler and Rosales was let go without having played a game.
- Aug. 8 The A's claim Rosales.
- Aug. 10 The A's designate Rosales for assignment after he made just one pinch-hit appearance. Room was needed for 2011 first-round pick Sonny Gray, who was added to the rotation.
- Aug. 12 The Rangers claim Rosales. Again. After the acquisition of Alex Rios, there was no need for an outfield platoon. Joey Butler was sent back down, making room for Rosales.
Rosales sounds fatalistic about the whole thing, telling the Chronicle's Susan Slusser, "I can’t wait for September. But hey, I’m in the major leagues."
Upon his first move to Texas, Rosales had his car shipped to Arlington. But realizing the life of a 26th man is uncertain, he left it there when he was sent back to Oakland—he knew more moves were likely in his future, and kept the car in the middle of the country for easy access.
Hassles aside, Rosales knows that very few DFAed players will get claimed. Even fewer get claimed three times in 10 days.
“Both teams want me, it’s obvious.”