Rangers pick up Rosales from Athletics

Rangers pick up Rosales from Athletics

Rangers pick up Rosales from Athletics

OAKLAND -- Adam Rosales said he had never been inside the visiting clubhouse at the O.co Coliseum until Friday afternoon. But that was where he found himself after the Rangers claimed him off waivers from the Athletics.

"I was surprised when they told me what the news was," Rosales said. "I was shocked but happy. I think it's a great opportunity to be on this ballclub contending for a playoff spot. They have a great track record as a contending team and a successful team."

The move dropped him 3 1/2 games in the American League West standings.

"That's all right; we've got a lot of season left," Rosales said. "It's still a good feeling. I'm looking forward to everything this opportunity will bring."

The Rangers acquired Rosales because they wanted another versatile player on the bench. He can play all four infield positions and has appeared in eight games as an outfielder. He joins Jurickson Profar and Jeff Baker in giving the Rangers three players off the bench who can play in the infield or the outfield.

"It just adds another versatile piece to the mix," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We've always admired how hard he plays the game. He plays with a ton of energy and enthusiasm. He was a Texas Ranger playing for the Oakland Athletics. He finally found his rightful home."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.