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LaRoche DFA’d, De Los Santos Stays

June 5, 2011

Talk about didn’t see that one coming. With his 27.0 K/9, 0.0 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9 which give him a cool -3.06 FIP the A’s felt they could not go without Fautino De Los Santos and kept him on board despite activating Grant Balfour off of the paternity list. The corresponding roster move instead was to designate infielder Andy LaRoche for assignment. Of course, I jest about De Los Santos because in all likelihood his time with the big club is still limited as it appears Adam Rosales‘ return is imminent but it is fun to show his crazy small sample size stats and treat them like they mean something.

It became apparent with Rosales’ return coming and with the trade of David Purcey for Scott Sizemore that both LaRoche and Kevin Kouzmanoff were on the hot seat. Apparently the seat was hotter for LaRoche as he got the DFA this morning. After a stellar Cactus League that earned LaRoche the backup infield job he came to Oakland promptly played like he has ever since he has been disappointing big league clubs posting a .247/.320/.333 slash line with no home runs in 104 plate appearances with a wOBA of .293 and WAR of -0.5. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke with LaRoche and tweeted this,

“LaRoche disappointed but said he enjoyed his time with #Athletics. He’s hoping another team will have interest in him for big-league spot.”

With the DFA the A’s have 10 days to either trade, release or outright LaRoche to the minors where he will be subject to clearing waivers first. With his prodigious minor league power, I wouldn’t be surprised for a club to give him a shot on a waiver claim.

It’d seem now that the A’s will likely call up Rosales sooner rather than later as it seems the move to keep De Los Santos with the club in Boston may be just because of the high amount of innings the bullpen has played with Josh Outman getting ousted so quickly Friday and playing a fourteen inning marathon last night. Rosales has played in just two games at Sacramento this year, going 3-for-7 with a double, triple, stolen base, walk and strikeout. It seems that Rosales will supplant De Los Santos on the roster upon his return, but one has to wonder just how long Scott Sizemore sits in Sacramento and just how long Kevin Kouzmanoff – long overstaying his welcome in this lineup – has left in the East Bay.

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