The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded for veteran infielder Adam Rosales. Rosales, who comes from the Oakland Athletics, has been in the league since 2008. He’s a plus-defender who generated a 2.0 fWAR last season with the Padres. He has average to above-average power, having hit 13 home runs in 2016.
Rosales has a career slash-line of .228/.295/.364 and came up through the Reds organization after being drafted in the 12th round of the 2005 draft. Through 2008, he was consistently ranked in the Reds top 30 prospects. He was rated as the Reds best infield arm following the 2005 season. He brings a solid veteran presence to the team and will likely fill a rotational role as a utility infielder capable of playing 2B, 3B and SS.
The Diamondbacks have sent RHP Jeferson Mejia to the A’s in exchange for Rosales. Mejia was acquired by the D-backs in late 2014 from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for veteran catcher Miguel Montero. At the time, he was largely viewed as a lottery ticket with a strong arm. He was a top 30 prospect following the 2014 season. While entering the D-backs minor league system with a lot of upside potential, Mejia was never able to break through as he stayed playing mainly at the low-A level.
In a corresponding move, the D-backs have placed Chris Owings on the 60-day DL with a broken finger. He sustained the injury in Sunday’s game as he was attempting a bunt in the 2nd inning.
In addition, SS Ketel Marte has been placed on bereavement leave after his mother was tragically killed in a car accident on Sunday.
#Dbacks acquire infielder Adam Rosales from the A’s for minor league pitcher Jeferson Mejia.
Welcome to Arizona, Rosie! pic.twitter.com/ltkDpmbJAB
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