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We must put a stop to Adam Rosales abuse

Aug 12, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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Adam Rosales needs to get the A’s and Rangers on a conference call and tell them to stop messing with Adam Rosales. To review:

  • As August dawned, Rosales was an Athletic;
  • The Athletics DFA’d him and he was claimed by the Rangers;
  • He joined the Rangers, got his uniform, learned their signs and then was promptly DFA’d three days later.
  • He was claimed by the Athletics, flew to Toronto and joined his team as it prepared to face the Blue Jays.
  • The very next day the Athletics once again DFA’d him. And now;
  • The Rangers have claimed him again.

As of Saturday his car and all of his possessions were in Texas, his wife was in Oakland and he was in Toronto with the A’s. How much do you want to bet that either his car or his wife or both started making their way back toward him when he was DFA’s by the A’s again and have possibly zigged and zagged once again now that he has been thrown hither and yon by the forces of fate for yet another time?

Cut it out, Jon Daniels and Billy Beane. Leave Adam Rosales alone.

  1. mlblogsbig3bosox - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Leave Rosales alone! He’s a human!

    • blacksables - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Yeah, like any of us wouldn’t kill for this opportunity.

    • miketreedy - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      When he gets his World Series ring from the Rangers he will be very happy.

  2. einjzmolf - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    called it

  3. baseballici0us - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Anyone know if he still gets paid while all of this is going on. Anything to the contrary would be inhumane.

    • rmcd13 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      I believe he continues to be paid a major league salary. So while he may in limbo, financially it is better than being sent to the minors because he is getting paid more.

      • baseballici0us - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Thanks, rmcd13.

        So, if that is the case, is it possible that the A’s and the Rangers are actually doing him a favor? They like him, they don’t want to send him to AAA because they want him to be paid, but they don’t have a roster spot for him – this limbo thing is a way for him to be paid a major league salary and both teams are helping out…for as long as they can.

        I don’t know if Rosales is liked or not but if he is, I wonder if this would be a possibility.

        Anyone know if it’s been done before….or something like it?

  4. oldskimmy26 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Wow, is there anyway to actually stop this?

    He’s almost like Tom Hanks in Terminal.

  5. number42is1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Craig and Co,

    Can you please help me understand this process? i see this often where a team will Release/DFA a guy just to pick him back up again a little while after. there is obviously a method to the madness which i would like to understand.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      When a player is designated for assignment he is taken off the 40-man roster and the team has a choice of what to do with him: release him unconditionally or place him on waivers. If he goes unclaimed by any other team, the original team can then ask the player to accept a minor league assignment. If he is claimed, he joins the team which claims him.

      Often times a team wants to keep the guy in the organization, so they won’t release him, even if they do need to DFA him in order to open a spot on the 40 man roster. Here the A’s want to keep Rosales as a minor leaguer, thus the waiver rather than an outright release. Rosales is good enough and useful enough for the Rangers to snag him. If the Rangers hadn’t, the A’s would have clearly asked him to go to Sacramento.

      • number42is1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        so does this mean that its over? he cannot be DFA’d/Claimed anymore this season?

      • dodger88 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM


        He can still be DFA and put through irrevocable waivers several times between now and season’s end. It is only the revocable waivers for trade purposes in August that can be done only once.

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      When a guy is DFAd, he is immediately removed from the 40-man roster, and exposed to waivers. If he clears waivers, he may then be assigned, with his consent, to the minors; if consent is withheld he becomes a free-agent. I read that Oakland wants him in the minors for depth, and the Rangers seem determined to prevent this from happening.

      • krispc - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Each claim costs 25,000 that the team gets. sooo Rangers 50,000 out – A’s 25,000 out so has cost Rangers 25,000 so far…

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Craig types faster than I do.

  6. tbutler704 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I think he has body odor of some kind….maybe his feet stink.

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Well, of course they do. He has been in the clubhouse at Coliseum hasn’t he?

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Well…if his feet smell and his nose runs he has far bigger issues then being DFA’d.

  7. rmcd13 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    A solution to this issue (also faced by Mike Carp earlier in the year) would be to restrict a team from claiming a player twice within a certain period (1 month or 6 weeks, perhaps).

    • Joe - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Or to require the claiming team to keep him on the 40-man roster for a minimum period. Perhaps a month. An exception could be made for injuries if the 60-day DL is called for.

  8. unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Ross Ventrone has been signed, promoted or released by the New England Patriots 29 times.

    /hides from OG

  9. tcclark - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    If having a job as a Professional baseball player in the best league in the world is abuse, than will someone please abuse me? Abuse me real hard.

    • krispc - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Wife in Oakland, he must be on way to Texas question is where is his stuff. Was on way down to Texas, then claimed by Oakland now claimed by Texas… Bet truck driver is dizzy.

  10. Caught Looking - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    His wife should just move everything to Phoenix to be about half way between Oakland and Arlington and this way, they’re already in place for where both teams do spring training.

  11. sisisisisisisi - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    How’s he compared to Casper Wells?

  12. APBA Guy - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Caught Looking actually has the most practical idea, that the Rosales family should just relocate to Phoenix. Indeed, a tremendous number of A’s players, past and present, have done exactly that, everyone from Ray Fosse through Mark Ellis and goodness knows how many current players live around the Phoenix area.

    Anyway, Rosales signed an ARB 1 (first year of arbitration) contract for $ 700k this year. The A’s pay him that and I believe that’s the baseline for all other teams as well. And even though he’s caught in a tug of war between Texas and the A’s, $ 700k pays for a lot of inconvenience.

  13. sametalker - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    You left out what I thought was the best part. He spent his three days as a Ranger in the visitors dugout of the Oakland Coliseum.

  14. thepixiepoet - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    He should be happy that everyone wants him.
    The alternative would be where no one wants him and he ends up in the Minors.

  15. krypticking - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    This guy is in the purgatory of DFA….

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