OAKLAND -- Four days after designating him for assignment, the A's announced they've outrighted Adam Rosales to Triple-A Sacramento, keeping him in the organization.
"Obviously you'd like him to be in the big leagues somewhere if it didn't come down to this," manager Bob Melvin said, "but even when I talked to him, he was excited about it either way, because he does love the organization and wants to be here."
Rosales, 30, was batting .200 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 48 games with the A's when the team designated him in favor of calling up prospect Grant Green, who is platooning at second base with Eric Sogard.
Rosales hit .318 over his first 13 games with the A's but just .140 over his final 35 contests.
"Last year when he went through some struggles, we were able to send him down and get him going again before getting him back up here," Melvin said. "So I think he's excited about just getting to play some and stay with the organization -- not as much as I am, but we're all excited about him being an A."
Rosales, like several other players roaming around in Sacramento, including Jemile Weeks and Hiro Nakajima, is expected to play multiple positions with the River Cats.
"That's what you're seeing everyone do there," said Melvin.
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