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Catricala Designated for Assignment; Rosales is Back

July 24, 2013

Thousands of years ago a meteor struck earth killing all the dinosaurs. Yet despite the death of so many lifeforms some survived. There would be no more Stegosaurus or Tyrannosauras Rex, but the hearty little cockroach remained. In the 1980s during my youth, the Soviet Union threatened us with their biggest and baddest weaponry. The threat of mutually assured destruction was real. Millions of Americans would melt under the crushing heat of a Soviet nuke, just as millions of Soviets would forever have their shadows imprinted upon the bleak concrete that is communist housing projects. Despite all this, the cockroach would still roam the earth, inevitably to one day control it all.

That basically sums up how I feel about Adam Rosales. Rosales has hit 5-for-25 (.200) since returning to Sacramento. That is not good. That is especially not good when it comes to a league that almost always sees “homer happy”, “hitter-friendly” or any other million and one similar descriptions always affixed to the front of the name. Rosales has not yet proven he can hit MLB hitting. Since the start of 2011 he has been miserable with a .186/.258/.303 batting line in 326 plate appearances with a combined -1.0 WAR. That is not MLB caliber. The whole point of WAR is wins above replacement. Rosales is worse than “random replacement”. He costs the A’s games. I am not fan of Jemile Weeks but my god even he would be better than Rosales. Weeks is hitting .282/.394/.389 with a .362 wOBA and 113 wRC+. How on earth does one think that Rosales is better? Well apparently someone does because the A’s are recalling Rosales, which means they need to add him to the 40-man roster, and Grant Green is being sent back to Sacramento. On top of that, this means they need to clear a 40-man roster spot so Vinnie Catricala is being designated for assignment.

Catricala is at Midland where he is hitting .219/.292/.297 with one home run in his 144 plate appearances. It represents a marked step down from his .253/.318/.351 over 195 plate appearances at Jackson when he was with the M’s organization. That said? Catricala offers more to the future of the Oakland Athletics Baseball Club than does Rosales. 1,287 of the 1,336 position players who have played baseball since 2011 have been worth more than Rosales. That puts him somewhere between the 3rd and 4th percentiles. To think that this is the best the A’s can do is pathetic because virtually anyone the A’s could acquire who is a second baseman would be able to be at least AAA-level good which is something that Rosales himself fails at.

This move sucks. Rosales is just not cut out to be a baseball player at the MLB level. I wish the A’s front office, for all their garbage options at second base would realize it, because like that indestructable cockroach, Rosales remains.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mell purcell permalink
    July 24, 2013 9:50 pm

    Now Adam is compared to a cockroach?.. You are terrible at reading people! Your writing stinks too. Oakland will be just fine..

    • July 24, 2013 9:57 pm

      My writing stinks yet you keep reading… But I digress. If anything within the context of this the cockroach comment is complimentary. Against incredible odds it perseveres. But even if you missed the analogy, the point remains he simply is by any metric not a productive baseball player. He did nothing to distinguish himself either in Oakland or Sacramento this year. Objectively, how has he earned himself a spot on this team?

      Again, I have nothing to say bad about him as a person. I think he plays his heart out and I love that. But when competing for a division crown and World Series championship Adam Rosales simply is deadweight.

      • Mell purcell permalink
        July 24, 2013 10:30 pm

        You have no heart! There will not be anymore wasted time reading your negative crap!!!! Good luck to the “A”s!!!!!

      • July 24, 2013 10:38 pm

        Now you’re just being mean. But you still didn’t answer my question of how Rosales makes the A’s better? Are you an A’s fan or a Rosales fan? I want Rosales to do well, I’m not rooting against him to prove a point. I just don’t see him being successful. But convince me otherwise?

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