What a whirlwind week for former….I mean new Oakland Athletics utility man Adam Rosales. After getting waived by the A’s, after their acquisition of Alberto Callaspo, he signed with the hated Texas Rangers. What made the situation even stranger was that Rosales suited up that same day for the Rangers in a key series against the Oakland A’s. While Rosales did not appear in a game for Rangers, he must have given some A’s secrets to them.
The Rosales acquisition was a brilliant move by the Rangers who are trying to get a competitive advantage over the reigning AL West champions (Insert Nelson Cruz joke here). I am glad that Rosie is back in the green and gold, but what does his signing mean? Obviously the A’s brass was not happy with Rosales’ sub .200 batting average and anemic defense. They traded former top prospect Grant Green for Alberto Callaspo to solve their hitting woes right?
Newly acquired Callaspo got hurt yesterday but he believes that he should be healthy enough to play on Friday against the Blue Jays. There is no telling what the A’s will do with 3 utility infielders on the 25 man roster, so putting Callaspo on the DL is the only logical move. Callaspo has been awful so far in the green and gold, so the reacquisition of Rosales could be a sign that the Billy Beane admits the trade was a mistake. Getting rid of a young prospect for an aging utility man looked shaky from the start, but just one week later it is approaching a full-on disaster. In two games with the Angels Grant Green has gotten three hits. If Green develops as a solid major league player for the rival Angels, the Callaspo trade could go down as a major blunder by Beane. Although Green might now have had a future with the A’s, he could have been used in a package to get a much better hitter than Callaspo.