Twelve days after trade, A's lose Rosario to waiver claim


Twelve days after trade, A's lose Rosario to waiver claim

OAKLAND -- For the A's and their assiduous general manager Billy Beane, player flipping has become a bit of a sport. On Monday, Oakland's efforts to tweak their roster may have back fired slightly.

The A's have announced that pitcher Sandy Rosario has been claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox just four days after the A's sent Graham Godrey to Boston as the player to be named later in the trade to acquire Rosario, and 10 days after Rosario was designated for assignment, and 12 days after he was acquired in the first place.

Round and round it goes, where it stops? We sort of know. For now, the Rosario merry-go-round stops in Boston -- where it began in the first place. The A's lose Godfrey to the Red Sox, and get the $20,000 waiver fee in return.

Rosario, 27, was claimed by the Boston Red Sox from the Miami Marlins on October 17. Last season he put up spectacular numbers in Triple-A, but struggled in four appearances with the Marlins before going on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.

The reliever had a 1.04 ERA and was a perfect 16-for-16 in save opportunities in Triple-A. He struck out 24 batters and walked just two in 26 innings. With Miami however, he allowed six runs in four appearances.

-- When the A's designated Rosario for assignment on November 30, I made this joke on Twitter:

Sandy Rosario's run with the #Athletics almost as impressive as Edwin Encarnacion's days with the A's in 2010.

— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) December 1, 2012

That led to a fun conversation with some of my favorite A's followers about players that had very short stints with the A's. You can see the conversation here.

Aside from Encarnacion, the names, Michael Barrett, Ryan Langerhans, and Phil Humber came up.
-- Barrett was acquired December 15, and traded the same day.
-- Langerhans was acquired April 29, 2007 and traded three days later.
-- Encarnacion was claimed off waivers on November 12, 2007 and granted free agency December 2 of the same year.
-- Humber -- who later tossed a perfect game for the White Sox -- was in the A's organization from December 16, 2010 to January 18, 2011.

If you can think of any more A's short-timers feel free to submit them in the comments section.

-- The A's would like me to pass along this note. On December 13, from 5-6 p.m. you can get autographs from relievers Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle at the Bank of America on 1330 North Main Street in Walnut Creek. You have to bring a donation of five non-perishable food items. It is for a good cause, and Cook and Doolittle are two nice guys, so show up and get some stuff signed. Be sure to show up early because it will be limited to the first 150 people.

A's coach plays part in Schwarber's World Series comeback

A's coach plays part in Schwarber's World Series comeback

Ryan Christenson has a reason to follow the World Series even more so than most years.

Christenson, who manages the A’s Double-A Midland squad, is also skippering the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. One of his players happened to be Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, if only for the briefest of periods.

Schwarber, as is well-documented, played in two AFL games as a quick tune-up before joining the Cubs’ active roster for the Fall Classic. It’s an unprecedented path, as Schwarber hadn’t appeared in a game for Chicago since April 7, when he tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee.

When he crushed a double off the right field wall in Game 1 against the Indians’ Corey Kluber, Schwarber became the first position player in major league history to get a hit in the World Series after recording zero hits during the regular season.

His preparations for the grand stage took place in the relative anonymity of the Arizona Fall League, and it presented some unique conditions for Christenson to manage under.

“It’s such a unique situation to see someone thrust into that after missing so much season,” Christenson said in a phone interview before Game 1. “To have a chance to be activated this time of year, it’s something special if he can pull this off. If he (sparks the Cubs), literally the guy can be a legend.”

Schwarber appeared in just two games for the Solar Sox, going 1-for-6 as a designated hitter. Christenson didn’t have much hands-on interaction with Schwarber — the Cubs had their own staff members on site helping him with treatment — but Christenson saw Schwarber’s swing rounding into form even in his brief time in the batter’s box.

“The bat speed is there,” said Christenson, who hadn’t met Schwarber previously. “I love watching him work in the cage. He’s got a great swing. I don’t think it would take someone of his caliber long to get his timing and pick up where he left off. It’s a simple swing.”

The Cubs asked Christenson to work Schwarber into the top of the batting order with the Solar Sox so as to maximize his number of plate appearances. They also asked one other favor.

“The only request they had was that I took it easy with him on the bases … not trying to score him from first base on a gapper.”

Schwarber’s mere presence in the Arizona Fall League created a delicate dynamic. The league is geared toward up-and-coming prospects who have yet to break into the majors, and Christenson said AFL officials were concerned about Schwarber dropping in and taking playing time away from those players.

Each major league organization sends at least six players to the AFL. Of those six, one is designated a “priority player,” meaning they must play at least four days a week, so innings can be tricky to spread around.

Adding to the sensitivity of the situation, the Solar Sox’s roster includes not only Cubs prospects but also those of the Cleveland Indians. Christenson needed to avoid a situation where Schwarber was stealing at-bats away from prospects of the American League champs — the team that Schwarber was training to try to help the Cubs beat.

But things unfolded smoothly, and Schwarber showed appreciation for getting the chance to drop in for a couple games.

“I’ll definitely be pulling for him,” Christenson said.

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

CLEVELAND — Left-hander Giovanni Soto has been claimed by the Oakland Athletics off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Soto was designated for assignment Saturday to open a spot on the 40-man roster for slugger Kyle Schwarber, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list following knee surgery in April. Schwarber was put on the World Series roster Tuesday and went 1 for 3 with a double, walk and two strikeouts in the opening 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Soto was traded to the Cubs from Cleveland on April 11 and was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa. He made his big league debut with the Indians in 2015 and appeared in six games and 3 1/3 innings.

Oakland claimed him Wednesday.