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A's essentially buy Adam Rosales for $1.3 million

Feb 2, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

Yesterday the A’s traded Aaron Miles and a player to be named later or cash to the Reds for Adam Rosales and Willy Taveras, only to designate Taveras for assignment approximately three minutes later.
While confusing at first glance, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that the end result for the A’s is paying $1.3 million for Rosales (and that number can drop to $900,000 if Taveras lands on another big-league roster). So, the obvious question becomes whether or not acquiring Rosales is worth that money.
He hit just .213 in his first taste of the majors last season and at 27 years old isn’t bringing much upside to the table, but Rosales has hit .299/.353/.490 in 147 games at Triple-A and has experience at all four infield positions. He projects as merely a utility man and probably wouldn’t get $1.3 million as a free agent, but the key for Oakland is that he’s not a free agent.
In fact, Rosales hasn’t even accumulated one season of major-league service time yet, so he’ll be making the minimum salary for three more years. If you spread that $1.3 million out over those three seasons and tack on the $400,000 minimum salary, that means the A’s essentially traded for the right to pay Rosales about $800,000 per year for 2010-2012 and then retain his rights for arbitration eligibility after that.

  1. Jamie - Feb 2, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    First the Cubs pay the A’s $1 mil+ to take Aaron Miles off their hands, then the A’s pay the Reds $1 mil+ to do the same. It’s only a matter of time until Dayton Moore offers legitimate prospects for him.

  2. APBA Guy - Feb 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Rosales fills the Adam Kennedy spot from last year, but with better fielding and cheaper, with the expectation realized that Taveras lands somewhere. He’ll get more playing time than we might think right now, as the A’s always manage to have some serious infield injuries.
    Still, only Sheets is a possibly impact signing. And if he goes down, that sound you hear is the breeze whistling through the empty stands at gametime.

  3. Amol - Feb 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    It’s got to be a weird feeling for Rosales to know that the A’s are willing to pay that money for him, but he won’t see any of it. Hopefully the ego boost

  4. Amol - Feb 3, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    It’s got to be a weird feeling for Rosales to know that the A’s are willing to pay that money for him, but he won’t see any of it. Hopefully the ego boost makes him feel better about the fact that Taveras will be making ten times as much money to do nothing.

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