Rosales will look to use his defensive versatility as a way to crack the major league roster, as he brings experience in every infield position at the major league level. However, his offensive struggles will likely force him into an organizational depth role. Rosales hit just .225 with a .613 OPS in 105 games with the Athletics and Diamondbacks last season. For his 10-year career, Rosales is just a .227 hitter with an OPS+ of 77.
The move for the Indians comes as part of a recent flurry as the team completes their roster. Rob Refsnyder was traded to the Rays for cash considerations, while lefty Jack Leathersich was claimed off waivers and optioned to Triple-A.
Again, Rosales will have an uphill climb (to say the least) in getting to the big leagues. The Indians aren’t stocked in infield depth, but Erik Gonzalez and Gio Urshela are likely considered better options than Rosales at this point.