Rosales with the Texas Rangers
|Oakland Athletics – No. 16|
|Born: (1983-05-20) May 20, 1983
Park Ridge, Illinois
|August 9, 2008, for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through May 20, 2017)
|Runs batted in||154|
Adam Marcos Rosales (born May 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, and San Diego Padres.
Early and personal life
Rosales, who is of Mexican-American descent, attended Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he received All-State honors, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
As a young player in amateur baseball, Rosales was a member of a 13-year-old travel baseball team called The Diamonds. The Diamonds team, coached by Pete Podgorski won several tournaments including the 13-year-old division Championship tournament game at Thillens Stadium.
Rosales began the 2009 season with the Triple-A Louisville Bats after failing to earn a spot on the Reds’ roster. He was called up on April 28 following the placement of Edwin Encarnación on the 15-day disabled list. He was sent back to the minors exactly two months later.
On February 1, 2010, Rosales was traded along with Willy Taveras to the Oakland Athletics for Aaron Miles and a player to be named later. In his first three years with the A’s, Rosales batted .234 with a .292 on-base percentage in 415 at-bats, 11 home runs, 47 RBIs, and two stolen bases in four attempts.
On November 30, 2012, Rosales avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $700,000 deal with the A’s. He began 2013 on the disabled list, and was activated on April 25, replacing Andy Parrino. On May 8, 2013, Rosales hit what appeared to be a game tying home run, but was ruled a double despite the ball hitting a railing in left field and bouncing back onto the field. Umpire Ángel Hernández reviewed the play and upheld the original ruling as a double. Following the controversial call, manager Bob Melvin was ejected for arguing and the A’s lost to the Cleveland Indians 4–3. Rosales got a lot of starting time at shortstop with Jed Lowrie playing second base against left-handed pitchers. However, after a long run of facing right-handed starters and the emergence of Grant Green, Rosales was designated for assignment on July 8. After Green struggled in his first stint in the majors, Rosales was called up to replace him on July 24. When the Athletics acquired Alberto Callaspo on July 31, coincidentally for Green, Rosales was designated for assignment, starting his 11-day journey.
Designated for assignment three times in 11 days
Rosales was designated for assignment on July 31, and on August 2, Rosales was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. Rosales did not appear in any games for the Rangers prior to being designated for assignment on August 5 to make room for Joey Butler. On August 8, Rosales was claimed by the Athletics. He played in one game with Oakland before they once again designated him for assignment on August 10, and once again he was claimed by the Texas Rangers on August 12. In 51 games for Oakland in 2013, Rosales hit .191/.267/.316 with 4 HR and 8 RBI.
Rosales started twice for the Rangers in 2013, but was mostly used off the bench in his 17 games. In 68 games in 2013, Rosales hit .190/.259/.327 with 5 HR and 12 RBI.
On November 14, Rosales signed a one-year, $750,000 deal to avoid arbitration with the Rangers for 2014. He was designated for assignment on March 30, 2014. He was called up to the majors on June 30, 2014. He was non-tendered on December 2, 2014 and became a free agent but re-signed on January 5, 2015. He was designated for assignment yet again on August 19, 2015, and released four days later.
San Diego Padres
Second stint with Oakland
On January 25, 2017, Rosales signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.