New York Yankees' Robinson Cano (24) is tagged out by Oakland Athletics shortstop Adam Rosales, left, while trying to reach second base in the third inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Umpire Jordan Baker watches the play. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
The Texas Rangers are giving veteran utility infielder Adam Rosales a little bit of a comfortable feeling for the 2014 season after they signed Rosales to a one-year, $750,000 deal after a wacky ride through the 2013 season.
Rosales, who was designated for assignment by Oakland three times and by Texas once in a span of a month last summer, finished the year with the Rangers. With the two teams combined, Rosales finished the 2013 as a .190 hitter with five home runs and 12 RBIs. He played four different defensive positions — first base, second base, third base and shortsotp — and even saw a couple of games at designated hitter.
Rosales bounced back and forth between Oakland and Texas, being claimed by Texas twice and Oakland once in between in the span of a month in what was one of the odder cases in baseball history of being DFA'd.
The contract should give Rosales a little comfort heading into the 2014 season, even though he'll probably still keep a bag packed wherever he is. His presence also gives the Rangers a nice veteran influence in the clubhouse and a versatile defender.