The Phillies are stressing flexibility among their players, getting players comfortable at more than one position to allow manager Gabe Kapler to make multiple moves. On Thursday, they signed just that sort of player in infielder Adam Rosales. The 34-year old has played all four infield positions, in addition to spending a little time in both left and right field throughout his career.
Rosales was given a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training where he will fight for a utility role with Pedro Florimon and Jesmuel Valentin. While both are flexible in the positions that they can play, they don’t have Rosales experience all across the diamond, which could give the newcomer an advantage in the battle for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Rosales officially has seven years of service time, but has played in parts of 10 major league seasons with five different teams. He split last season between Oakland and Arizona after being dealt to the Diamondbacks on July 31st. He was in his second stint with the A’s and has also played for Cincinnati, Texas and San Diego. In over 600 major league games, Rosales is a .227 hitter with a .292 on-base percentage and a .365 slugging percentage. In 105 games last season, he hit .225/.260/.353 with Oakland and Arizona.
If Rosales makes the team, he’ll be paid $1.75-million.
Florimon spent time with the Phillies last season before suffering an ankle injury that ended his season prematurely. In just 15 games with the Phillies, Florimon hit .348/.388/.478 before the injury. Valentin also suffered an injury last season, separating his shoulder while playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Prior to the injury, Valentin was hitting .229/.282/.292 in 29 games, but the injury ended his season.