Acquired: Traded from Cincinnati (with OF Willy Taveras) for IF Aaron Miles and
Contract: Signed through 2011 (eligible for arbitration after 2011).
Position: Utility infielder; occasional unnecessary hustle.
2011 Projected BA/OBP/SLG: .263/.325/.422
2010 Season: Rosales immediately endeared himself to me when he signed my son's baseball and posed for a picture with him at Spring Training last year. Before long, Rosales had won over every A's fan with his high socks, gawky posture and goofball
2011 Over/Under: It's expected that Rosales won't return from his ankle injury until May. But, for a player known primarily for hauling ass on the base paths and frenetic movements in the field, I wonder if the chance for re-injury will always be right around the corner. Take the UNDER.
By the Numbers: 15 – The estimated time -- in seconds -- of Rosales' home run trot. I know I'm the only A's fan who would dare utter these words, but I'm not a fan. Rosales hit one out last year against the Giants. San Francisco's play-by-play man, Duane Kuiper, commented (paraphrased) that Rosales' sprint showed he was humble and free of ego. Giants' color commentator Mike Krukow quickly disagreed, saying (paraphrased) the "humble" home run trots are the ones you don't notice. I'm with Krukow.
Surefire 2011 Prediction: Maybe it's my pessimism about his ankle, but I don't think the A's will want to risk Rosales' wheels. He won't play at all in the outfield (five games in 2010) this year and the number of games he'll play at shortstop will be at least halved from the 14 times he manned the position last year.
Old School Rap Track for the Season: Take It EZ, Common