The Curious Case of Sandy Rosario


Sept. 20, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Florida Marlins relief pitcher Sandy Rosario (53) throws against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

This one proves just how strange baseball can be. Back in November the Red Sox sent 27-year old right handed pitcher Sandy Rosario to Oakland for a player to be named later. Twelve days ago, the Red Sox got Graham Godfrey from the As to complete the deal, the proverbial player to be named later. Ten days ago Oakland designated Rosario for assignment. Guess who just claimed Rosario off waivers?

So after all that Sandy Rosario is a member of the Boston Red Sox again. Oakland is down two pitchers and a $20,000 waiver fee. Rosario has been on four teams in a little under two months. He was claimed from the Marlins by the Red Sox on Oct. 17, traded to the A’s on Nov. 28, designated for assignment by the A’s on Nov. 30, and claimed off waivers by the Red Sox on Dec. 10.

This turn of events can hardly inspire confidence in Godfrey. He was essentially traded to the Red Sox for next to nothing and the guy used as the bargaining chip is now his teammate. Once Boston signs a few more players Rosario will likely be, um, designated for assignment. Guys, I wouldn’t unpack my bags just yet guys.

Sometimes the lights all shinin on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.
– Truckin’, The Grateful Dead