For the second time this offseason, the Red Sox have claimed right-hander Sandy Rosario on waivers. This time, the team claimed him from the A's just days after sending him to Oakland in exchange for right-hander Graham Godfrey.
The Sox claimed the pitcher on waivers from the Marlins in October, but designated the 27-year-old Rosario for assignment last month in order to clear spots on the 40-man roster to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. Rosario was traded to the A's for a player to be named, with Godfrey being named as the return last week. The A's then designated Rosario for assignment in hopes of clearing a spot on their own 40-man roster by sneaking him through waivers and reassigning him to the minors. Instead, the Sox claimed him, presumably with the intention of trying to send Rosario to the minors themselves.
Rosario posted a 1.04 ERA (3 ER/26.0 IP) with 16 saves and 24 strikeouts over 25 appearances for Miami’s Triple-A club in New Orleans in 2012, all in relief. He issued two walks, both intentional, and the Sox believe that he has the potential for a three-pitch mix out of the bullpen.
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