The fact that Rosario was claimed by Boston makes it a mindboggler. If another team had claimed him I suppose it wouldn't look quite as strange although we still end up losing Godfrey and Rosario with nothing in return.
Billy must have been inhaling deeply.
From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser
The Red Sox claimed pitcher Sandy Rosario today, meaning that Boston basically got right-hander Graham Godfrey for nothing. The A’s got Rosario from Boston on Nov. 28 for a player to be named, who turned out to be Godfrey, and then designated Rosario for assignment on Nov. 30, and Boston just grabbed him back.
Yes, that looks odd – hey, take Graham Godfrey for free! – but it’s really an indication that the A’s wanted Chris Resop, acquired from the Pirates on Nov. 30, more than they did Rosario. Also, the team gets a $20,000 waiver fee for Rosario, so they do get something back, even if not a player.
That’s the trouble with 40-man rosters, there are some tough decisions to be made even at the lower end of it… Remember two years ago when the A’s claimed Edwin Encarnacion from Toronto, then designated him in order to keep Kevin Kouzmanoff?
Toronto then re-signed Encarnacion, a month after letting him go. That went a little unnoticed at the time, but Encarnacion would have been the better bet for Oakland: He hit 42 homers last year, while Kouzmanoff was demoted during the 2011 season.
Usually, though, these things are pretty forgettable. And guess what? Boston is likely to just turn around and designate Rosario when the Red Sox sign some of the players they’re currently talking to. My guess is his merry-go-round of a winter is not over.
In that case, the gentlemanly thing for Boston to do would have been to not put in a claim on Rosario, and if he’d gone unclaimed, the A’s could have outrighted him and then it’s at least trading a guy to get a guy. Now, the Red Sox are probably going to let Rosario go, anyway, and the A’s get squat.