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Rangers snag Adam Rosales off waivers from A’s

Aug 2, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

Adam Rosales, Mike Gallego AP

Adam Rosales cleared waivers last month the first time the A’s sent him down, but he was picked up this time, with the Rangers choosing to add him to their infield.

The 30-year-old Rosales was hitting .193/.268/.319 over 135 at-bats in his two stints with the A’s this season. He’s a lifetime .220/.289/.334 hitter with 19 homers in 809 at-bats. Rosales is best known for his home run sprints around the bases, amid various other forms of hustle. He has the three fastest home runs of the season, all under 16.5 seconds. The A’s had cut him to make room for the newly acquired Alberto Callaspo on the roster.

Rosales will see the occasional start against lefties for the Rangers and serve as a backup throughout the infield. No countermove has come yet, but it’s possible the Rangers will send down Jurickson Profar, who hasn’t proven all that useful as a part-time player since Ian Kinsler came off the DL. He’s hit .216 with three runs scored and two RBI in 51 at-bats since the beginning of July. Outfielder Engel Beltre is another possibility.

  1. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    So they give this guy a chance but not Manny? Not a big Manny fan or anything but really!

  2. miketreedy - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Manny doesn’t play good infield defense or to be really honest any defense at all. This guy will barely ever play. Good idea to send Profar down so he can be getting regular at bats.

  3. pisano - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    That’s one hell of a loss for the A’s, (being sarcastic of course) not many teams are gonna lose sleep about losing a .193 hitter. The A’s of all the teams know what they’re doing with marginal players. I wouldn’t question anything Billy Beene does with handling players coming and goings. Billy’s the man.

  4. seivemusic01 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    JD is the man as well. When billy carries them to 2 back to back World Series
    Then he might earn that title.

  5. Arods Other Doctor - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    And I got a bunch of thumbs down for questioning Profar’s status as the #1 prospect in all of baseball.

    • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I mean, he is, of course, obviously the best prospect in all of baseball.

      • eightyraw - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        Yeah why isn’t the 20.33 year-old, who some project to provide elite defense at 2B, hitting above league average yet? It must mean that he was overrated. Never mind the fact that he would be the youngest player in all of AAA, and 7th-youngest in AA.

      • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        So you say he’s the very best prospect in all of baseball. NOBODY is better. Puig should not have been rated higher than him. Nobody should have been rated higher than him. I think that’s silly. Time will tell.

        P.S. ‘Projected” to have elite defense at the easiest to play position? Lol, thanks for making my point for me.

        P.S.S. Lots of guys at equal or lesser ages have projected much better IMO. In his first year Robin Yount struggled with some things but you could see the talent and knew success was coming.

      • eightyraw - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        There was almost no information on Puig (less than 100PA) before this season. He was an odd and extremely rare case. Look where people had Puig ranked. It’s easy now to say that he should’ve been ranked first.

        Second-base is the easiest position to play? This is news to me and goes against the defensive spectrum. Profar is also projected to be above-average at SS, but the Rangers have an elite defensive SS locked up.

        Congrats on nailing that Yount projection!

      • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        I don’t think you actually watch baseball based on your drivel.

  6. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Jon Daniels didn’t trade for a bat at the deadline, because he had a suspicion this monster bat would be available. After watching the Ranger offense the past month…not counting the Angels pummeling, which is like beating your AAA pitching staff….this guy probably looks like Mike Stanton 2.0.

  7. billymc75 - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    they’re sending Profar down to play everyday outfield just incase Cruz does take a suspension. Not sure why they won’t call up butler

  8. APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Faint praise, I know: Rosales is a good team mate.

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