TORONTO -- For the third time in 11 days, roving infielder Adam Rosales was designated for assignment, his most recent departure necessary to make roster room for Saturday's starter, Sonny Gray.
"He understands, he knows the drill, has been through it," manager Bob Melvin said. "But he really expressed to me that he wants to stay in this organization."
The feeling is mutual.
When the A's initially designated Rosales on July 31, they hoped he would clear waivers. However, the division foe Rangers picked him up, only to also designate him three days later. Oakland claimed him on Thursday, partly as insurance for Alberto Callaspo, who suffered a left forearm contusion the day before, but mostly because they wanted him in the organization all along.
This time around, the A's are more hopeful he gets through waivers, with a multitude of players crowding the wire now that the non-waiver Trade Deadline has passed.
"We hope to get him through quickly and get him back in the organization," Melvin said. "At the very least, if he stays with us, he comes up in September, and who knows? He's been up and down a little bit before to help us. He's just a good fit for us in our organization."
Rosales, 30, hit .191 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 51 games this season in his three stints with the A's, who value his defense above anything else.