Catricala Designated for Assignment; Rosales is Back
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.