A’s GM Billy Beane has been known for pulling the trigger on unorthodox and unusual trades, but this one might have topped them all.
On November 28, the A’s acquired relief pitcher Sandy Rosario from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later. Two days later, they designated Rosario for assignment to make room for Chris Resop on their 40-man roster On December 7, they sent pitcher Graham Godfrey to the Red Sox as the player to be named later.
And finally, on Monday, after all that: the Red Sox re-claimed Sandy Rosario.
So, in essence, the A’s gave away Godfrey to the Red Sox, who wound up keeping the player who they traded away. This has to qualify as one of the most pointless trades in the history of baseball.
For the record, Rosario has a 15.26 ERA in 10 games pitched over three years in the big leagues, while Godfrey is 1-5 with a 5.09 ERA.
Now, just sit back and watch as Godfrey becomes the ace of the Red Sox with Rosario as his flame-throwing closer (sarcasm).