The Phillies have released infielder Adam Rosales, according to an announcement from the team. Rosales was in camp on a minor league contract that would’ve paid him $1.75MM had he made the 25-man roster.
The versatile Rosales was competing to win a job as Philadelphia’s utility infielder, though it appears as though the team made its choice with its recent selection of Pedro Florimon’s contract. (Ryan Flaherty, another veteran infielder signed as a non-roster invitee, was also recently released by the Phillies.) It remains to be seen whether Roman Quinn or Jesmuel Valentin will earn the fourth and final remaining spot on the bench, though MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki notes that the Phillies might forego the fourth bench spot until they need a fifth starter on April 11.
A veteran of the last 10 MLB seasons, Rosales spent last season with the Athletics (his team for much of his big league career) and Diamondbacks, hitting .225/.260/.353 over 312 combined plate appearances for both teams. Rosales has long been known more for his multi-position ability than for his hitting, though in 2016, he broke out for 13 homers and a .229/.319/.495 slash line over 248 PA with the Padres. Rosales is likely to get some looks in the coming days from teams in need of infield depth.