Rangers Claim Adam Rosales

The Rangers have claimed infielder Adam Rosales off waivers from Oakland, the Athletics announced today (on Twitter). The 30-year-old Rosales was designated for assignment by the A's in order to clear a roster spot for Alberto Callaspo, whom they acquired from the Angels on Monday in exchange for Grant Green. In other words, that trade ultimately impacted the rosters of three separate AL West clubs.

Rosales has been with Oakland since being acquried from the Reds along with Willy Taveras in exchange for Aaron Miles and a PTBNL prior to the 2010 season. He's hitting just .193/.268/.319 in 153 plate appearances for the A's this season and is a career .220/.289/.334 hitter. Rosales is a versatile fielder, with significant experience at second base, third base and shortstop. He's also seen time at first base and in the outfield. Despite his versatility, Ultimate Zone Rating suggests he's best-suited to play second base.

The Rangers have issued a press release confirming the move, adding that Rosales will be in uniform with the big league club tonight, so a corresponding roster move will need to be made.


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