The Indians brought back another veteran depth piece on Saturday morning, reacquiring utility man Adam Rosales from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations.
The 35-year-old signed with the Twins just ahead of spring training and went to camp on a non-roster invitation, but he did not head to Minnesota when the regular season started. He was released in the final week of spring training, but instead, the eleven-year big league veteran re-signed with the team and reported to Triple-A Rochester.
Rosales appeared in 20 games for the Red Wings, posting a .194/.263/.222 slash with two doubles and seven runs batted in in his eighth season at the Triple-A level. He had made 12 starts at third base, five at second, and three at shortstop while committing two errors.
Cleveland has assigned Rosales to their Columbus affiliate, where Rosales played in 114 games a season ago while slashing .239/.313/.445 with 22 doubles, one triples, 18 homers, and 61 RBI. He signed with the Indians just before the start of the regular season after being a camp casualty with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rosales got a late season call-up with the Indians a year ago, joining the big league roster on September 4 after rosters expanded. He appeared in 13 games down the stretch, hitting .211 with a .250 on-base percentage and .421 slugging with a double, one homer, and two RBI. In his age-34 season, his 19 home runs combined between the Indians and Clippers were a new career high, exceeding his 18 hit in the minors back in 2007.
The veteran utility man has played seven of nine positions on the diamond throughout his 15-year career, failing to work only in center field and behind the plate. He will have an opportunity to work in a loaded infield at Columbus, where Yu Chang (currently on the 7-day injured list), Ryan Flaherty, Tyler Krieger, Mark Mathias, and Eric Stamets are serving as primary workers at second, short, and third. Bobby Bradley has worked the majority of innings for the team at first base.
Rosales began his pro career in 2005, when he was a 12th round pick by the Cincinnati Reds out of Western Michigan. He debuted with the Reds in 2008 and played against for the club in 2009 before spending parts of the next four years in Oakland with the A’s. He moved on to Texas in 2013, playing for the club through the 2015 season, before suiting up in 2016 for San Diego and splitting 2017 between Oakland and Arizona.
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