Versatile Rosales eyes role on Padres' bench

Versatile Rosales eyes role on Padres' bench

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In a dizzying span of 13 days in 2013, Adam Rosales was involved in six transactions between the A's and Rangers.

He was designated for assignment and then acquired on waivers three different times.

"It was challenging ... for myself and family. But it's a game of adjustments. I had to learn to be a little more patient," Rosales said Tuesday. "... I knew everything would work out the way it's supposed to work out."

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At some point, Rosales -- who is trying to win a job on the big league roster, while he's in camp on a Minor League deal -- began to understand the hilarity in his ordeal.

"You just have to see some humor in it ... and take it in stride and appreciate the opportunities you have," Rosales said.

That's the mantra the 32-year-old is taking with this opportunity, as he has been reunited with Padres general manager A.J. Preller. The two were in Texas together before Preller joined the Padres in August 2014.

"I feel the Padres have been interested in me the last year or two -- when I was designated last year, they showed interest. I know A.J. from the Rangers, so I'm sure he knows me a little and knows what to expect," Rosales said.

Typically, non-roster invitees face long odds in cracking the 25-man roster, but Rosales -- having played the past six seasons in the American League -- might be the ideal component for a National League bench.

Rosales has played in more than 80 big league games at second base (116 games, to be exact), third base (100), first base (85) and shortstop (80). He's even played the outfield on nine occasions.

"I think with Adam, he's versatile, and he can play all over the field. He gives you protection at shortstop," Preller said. "And he is a guy from our sense, a good makeup guy in the clubhouse."

The Padres plan on using new shortstop Alexei Ramirez a lot, but will need one player on the roster who can handle shortstop in a pinch. Alexi Amarista might again be that player. But Rosales has value as well.

"I like shortstop, it's a good challenge," said Rosales, who considers second base his most comfortable position.

Rosales said he's been dividing his days on the practice field between playing the corner positions one day and the middle infield the next.

"The team has structured this camp really smoothly, so it accommodates all of us," he said.

Infielder Rosales pitches 9th

The one spot where you won't likely see Rosales is on the mound, though he has some experience there as well. He appeared in two games in mop-up duty a year ago with the Rangers, allowing two home runs in two innings.

"I have a pretty strong arm, but I found the slower I threw the more effective that I was," he said, smiling.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.