By Jeff Louderback
After spending seven seasons in the Miami Marlins organization, Sandy Rosario has become a baseball nomad without even throwing a pitch.
Though the 27-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants earlier in the week, he is not likely to go apartment shopping anytime soon.
After posting a 1.04 ERA and recording 16 saves at Triple-A New Orleans (Miami) in 2012, Rosario has been punted around like a football during the Hot Stove League. He was placed on waivers by the Marlins, claimed by the Red Sox and added to the 40-man roster, traded to the Oakland A’s and then placed on waivers, claimed again by the Red Sox, placed on waivers by Boston once more, claimed by the Chicago Cubs and put on waivers yet again.
Rosario, who has a 15.26 ERA and a 3.26 WHIP in 10 Major League games over three seasons (all with the Marlins), has a 3.48 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP during his seven-year minor league career. He features a power arm, which is why the Dominican Republic native has appeal to Major League organizations.
The Giants are the fourth club to pick him up this offseason. Spring training does not arrive until mid-February. Perhaps there will be a fifth, or maybe the Red Sox will consider a third transaction with Rosario.