The Athletics have signed Adam Rosales to a one-year deal, the team announced via Twitter this afternoon. Rosales is guaranteed $1.25M and can earn another $1M in incentives.
Rosales is a solid utilityman, slashing .229/.319/.495 in San Diego last season and driving in 13 homers. It’s no secret that the Athletics have desperately been looking for a second baseman, and Rosales has nearly done it all...including a quick pitching stint for Texas in 2015. So could he be the missing piece in Oakland’s infield? The trade-off would be holding off on moving the younger talent up to the majors, which isn’t ultimately a bad thing.
Left handed pitcher Dillon Overton has been designated for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for Rosales, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Overton is a second-round draft pick that Oakland snagged in 2013. He promptly underwent Tommy John surgery after signing and bounced around the minors until his debut in late 2016. In that brief time pitching in the majors, Overton recorded an 11.47 ERA over 24.1 innings pitching, recording 17 strikeouts.