Journeyman infielder Adam Rosales is on the move again, and the Arizona Diamondbacks found a reliable shortstop to fill what in only a couple of days became a big void as they chase a playoff spot.
Rosales was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Diamondbacks on Monday for minor league right-hander Jeferson Mejia.
Arizona began the day holding the top spot in the NL wild-card race but was suddenly without a shortstop.
Ketel Marte was placed on the bereavement list Monday following the death of his mother in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
“It’s something I know no 23-year-old should have to go through,” general manager Mike Hazen said.
In addition, Nick Ahmed has been on the disabled list since June 28 and is recovering from a small fracture in his right hand. He had the surgically implanted pins removed last week and has yet to begin rehabilitation on the hand. And Chris Owings was put on the 60-day DL on Monday after fracturing a finger on a bunt attempt against St. Louis on Sunday.
Hazen said the team had no intention of acquiring a shortstop, considering the depth at the position, until that all changed when Owings got hurt and Marte had to depart the team.
“This sort of took a 90-degree turn on us yesterday,” Hazen said, noting of Rosales, “He’s going to step into a pretty big role right away and I think he can handle it.”
Rosales, who filled in at shortstop for 36 of the 38 games when starter Marcus Semien was hurt this season, is no stranger to switching teams. And the last-place A’s are dealing for prospects as they have historically done.
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