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Rosales Off DL; Parrino Optioned

April 25, 2013

Andy Parrino spent a short amount of time in Oakland filling in with Scott Sizemore on the shelf and sharing duties at second base with Eric Sogard. Parrino no longer will share those duties as Adam Rosales is fresh off the DL and has been added to the A’s 25-man roster. Like Parrino, Rosales is of course known more for his versatility (and his rapid home run trot) than his ability. For what it was worth, Parrino acquired in a trade with the Padres this offseason, hit a paltry .125/.192/.167 in his 26 plate appearances with the A’s good for a .170 wOBA and 1 wRC+. While he was afflicted by a .188 BABIP, that hardly explains his woes as he also struck out 30.8% of the time and nor did his work with the glove help his cause as he limped to -0.4 WAR. I am certain we see Parrino up in Oakland again at some point and he isn’t nearly this bad a player though through 219 MLB plate appearances he is only hitting .190/.304/.245 so we perhaps should never set our sights particularly high on him.

Rosales meanwhile has not been a productive ballplayer (using more than 0.0 WAR as a gauge of utility here) since 2010, so I expect little out of him as well. While recouping with Stockton he went 6-for-12 with two doubles a home run and strikeout. In Sacramento he went 2-for-13 with two walks and a strikeout. Rosales is not a very good ballplayer but does he make the A’s a better team than would Parrino? Sadly the answer may very well be yes.

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