Rosales signed a contract with the Indians on Tuesday. Rosales has found a new home after failing to secure a roster spot with the Phillies and subsequently being released. The 34-year-old will report to Triple-A Columbus to open the season. While he has the ability to play around the infield, Rosales hit just .225/.260/.353 in 105 games with the A's and Diamondbacks last season, so he could be limited to an organizational depth role.
Rosales was released by Philadelphia on Friday. Rosales will look to latch on with another organization after joining the Phillies on a minor-league deal this winter. The 34-year-old has appeared in over 100 big-league games each of the last two seasons, but he hasn't been able to find any sort of groove at the plate during that time. During 105 games between Oakland and Arizona last year, he slashed just .225/.260/.353 with seven home runs and 36 RBI. Rosales provides the ability to play all around the infield but will likely settle for another minor-league deal in the near future.
Rosales signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Rosales split time between Oakland and Arizona in 2017, hitting a combined .225/.260/.353 with a brutal 32.1 percent strikeout rate in 105 games at both stops. Still, the 34-year-old can play all around the diamond on defense, so he'll get a chance to compete for an Opening Day roster spot as the Phillies' utility man.
Rosales went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Padres. With Jake Lamb batting just .146 in 123 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season, manager Torey Lovullo has been benching the All-Star more often versus southpaws in the second half, with Rosales emerging as Lamb's most common platoon partner. Rosales wasn't able to do much against Padres lefty Travis Wood on Tuesday, but it's unlikely to dissuade Lovullo from continuing to use the veteran utility man at third base on the occasions Lamb is rested.
Rosales started at first base and went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in Monday's 13-0 win over the Dodgers. With a career .369 slugging percentage, Rosales certainly doesn't possess the kind of power most teams value from their first basemen, but for at least one day, he proved to be an adequate replacement for Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt returned to Arizona to undergo an MRI on his right elbow. The Diamondbacks aren't expected to have a clear idea on the extent of Goldschmidt's injury until the results of the MRI are made available Tuesday, but if the All-Star ends up missing further time, Rosales would be among the top candidates to pick up extra at-bats. Along with Rosales, Daniel Descalso, Kris Negron and Chris Herrmann could also see time at first base.