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The Athletics trade Adam Rosales to the Diamondbacks

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A minor trade was just announced. It’ll have to tide us over until there are more major trades. The deal: the Athletics have sent utilityman Adam Rosales to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league RHP Jeferson Mejia.

Rosales, 34, has played second, third, short and multiple outfield positions this year. He’s hitting .234/.273/.346 in 223 plate appearances. He’s most famous for being the subject of multiple transactions which had him going back and forth between the A’s and the Rangers between 2013 and 2015. It’s shocking, in fact, to see him involved in a deal that does not involve Texas.

The A’s get Mejia, a 22 year-old reliever, currently in A-ball. He strikes out a lot of dudes. He walks a lot of dudes. Which is to say: pretty typical A-ball reliever.

Joey Votto: “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently.”

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We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.

Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”

Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.