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Diamondbacks release former ROY Bobby Crosby

Aug 24, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

It was pretty much a given that none of the three players the Diamondbacks got from the Pirates in the Chris Snyder salary dump would turn into long-termers in Arizona. Bobby Crosby just happened to be the first to go, as he was released Tuesday to make room for Ryan Roberts on the roster.
Crosby received just 12 at-bats during his time in Arizona, collecting two doubles and two RBI. Overall, he’s hit .220/.294/.298 in 168 at-bats for the Pirates and Diamondbacks this season.
The 2004 AL Rookie of the Year with the A’s, Crosby started getting hurt as a sophomore and has played in 100 games in a season just once since. He posted an 802 OPS in 84 games in 2005, but he came in at 636, 619, 645 and 652 in his final four seasons in Oakland. This year will go down as his worst yet.
The other two players the Diamondbacks picked up, right-hander D.J. Carrasco and outfielder Ryan Church, haven’t fared any better. Carrasco has allowed 11 runs — five earned — and walked eight in 8 2/3 innings for his new team. Churck is 4-for-19 with one RBI and nine strikeouts. Neither is likely to open next season in the organization.

  1. APBA Guy - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    A large part of the decline of the A’s can be traced to the organization’s decision to tell Miggy flat out that he wasn’t in their plans as he entered free agency, based on the A’s having Crosby in the system. The thinking was that the likely cost of Tejada would pay for Crosby and Chavez. The breakdown in both Chavez and Crosby was incredibly bad luck for Oakland, especially given that Crosby is 30 this year and Chavez 32. A lot of people emotionally attached to the A’s after their incredible run in the early 2000’s never forgave Beane for that decision. It was the right baseball move. It failed, and failed in a huge way, but it could not be foreseen at the time. Crosby’s injuries sapped him of bat speed and power, and really after 2 years he was done as a positive offensive force. Too bad, really, as he was a team player, worked hard, accepted his reduced role and to my knowledge never publicly complained about his bad luck.

  2. scatterbrian - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    You pretty much nailed it.

  3. alr1047 - Aug 24, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    victim of drug testing

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