A's agree to terms with Rosales on one-year deal; trade Eibner to Dodgers
The Oakland A's agreed to terms with infielder Adam Rosales on a one-year contract for the 2017 season, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's designated left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton for assignment. The A's also announced that outfielder Brett Eibner, who was designated for assignment last Friday, has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league infielder Jordan Tarsovich.
Rosales hit .229 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI in 105 games with San Diego last year. He posted career highs in runs (37), doubles (12), triples (3), home runs, RBI, walks (29) and games played. The 33-year-old right-handed hitter started 53 games for the Padres at four different positions (24 at third base, 22 at second base, six at shortstop and one in left field) and was also 5-for-21 (.238) as a pinch hitter. Rosales previously played for Oakland from 2010-13 and hit .223 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI in 197 games over that span. He is a .227 career hitter with 40 home runs and 141 RBI in 535 games with Cincinnati (2008-09), the A's, Texas (2013-15) and the Padres.
"Rosie always brought so much to our team, both on and off the field," said A's general manager David Forst. "It's great to have him back in an A's uniform."
Overton spent most of the 2016 season with Triple-A Nashville where he was 13-5 with a 3.29 ERA in 21 games, including 20 starts. He also had four brief stints with Oakland in his Major League debut and went 1-3 with an 11.47 ERA in seven games, including five starts. Overton allowed 12 home runs in 24.1 innings with the A's after surrendering just 17 home runs in 288.2 career minor league innings.
Tarsovich played in 31 games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and 59 for Double-A Tulsa last year and hit a combined .221 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 90 games. He played in 43 games at third base, 23 at shortstop, 20 at second base and one in left field. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter was the Dodgers 22nd round pick in the 2015 draft and is a .236 hitter with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 127 games over two professional seasons.
Eibner began the 2016 season with Kansas City and hit .231 in 26 games over two stints with the Royals before he was traded to Oakland for Billy Burns on July 30. He batted .165 in 44 games with the A's and combined for a .193 batting average, six home runs and 22 RBI in 70 games in his Major League debut.