Adam Rosales may not have been the best player on the Oakland Athletics, but his energy and presence was adored by teammates and fans alike.
So it must have been strange when the fan-favorite heard that he had been claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, who are trying to catch the first-place A’s in the AL West.
“I am surprised. I was surprised. When (A’s assistant general manager) Dave Forst told me what the news was, I was really shocked but excited at the same time,” Rosales told the media. “Obviously bittersweet. I was with the A’s for four years. Feel like I grew up a lot with them. But it’s great. I’m ready for this new chapter in my baseball life.”
After a strong first year in Oakland where he hit .271 with seven home runs in 80 games, his production and playing time tailed off in his next three seasons. Rosales is hitting just .193 in 50 games in 2013, and has been designated for assignment twice by the team.
“It’s more surreal than awkward,” said Rosales when asked about playing for a division rival. “I felt like I should be somewhere else, I guess, and in a different stadium, when this happens. But I’m glad it happened here so I can at least embrace it and kind of say bye to the guys with all the relationships I’ve built with those guys.”
Speaking of which, the A’s and Rangers are in the middle of a pivotal three game series. The Rangers won the first game Friday night, putting them just three games back of the A’s for first place.
So has Rosales passed on some inside information about the A’s to his new team?
“They haven’t (asked),” he said. “They’re not going to, I don’t think. But whatever information I can bring and help this ballclub out, I’m going to (do that).”