Oakland A’s: Amed Rosario could be worth a gamble
By David Hill
It was not a surprise that Amed Rosario was sent packing by the Mets. He had fallen out of favor in New York, the one time shortstop of the future being supplanted by top prospect Andres Gimenez. As such, when he was sent to Cleveland as part of the Francisco Lindor blockbuster, no one was shocked.
The issue is that the Mets also sent Gimenez to the Indians as part of that deal as well. In addition, the Indians brought Cesar Hernandez back at second base. Once again, Rosario finds himself without a spot in the lineup. And once again, Rosario is being mentioned in trade rumors.
Amed Rosario would be a fit for the Oakland A’s
There are two problems with Cleveland in any attempt to trade Rosario. The first is that there are not many teams in need of a shortstop. Their market for the former Mets infielder is basically the Reds and the Oakland A’s, both of which need a shortstop.
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The second is that Rosario essentially played his way out of a job last season. He produced a disappointing .252/.272/.371 batting line in his 147 plate appearances, hitting four homers and three doubles. After stealing 19 bases in 2019, he attempted just one steal, and was caught. Rosario was no longer a building block for the Mets.
Any team interested in Rosario would be buying low in hopes that a regular 162 game season would allow him to return to form. Likewise, it would be hoped that a change of scenery would make a difference, allowing Rosario to capture the form that made him appear to be an up and coming part of the Mets organization.
Oakland has refused to spend any money at all this offseason. Any moves have involved players making the league minimum or minor league free agents. However, Rosario is under team control until 2024. It may not take much to bring him into the organization. Frankly, it is a gamble that would make a great deal of sense.
Amed Rosario would be a fit for the Oakland A’s. They just need to be willing to pay his salary.