With the additions made by the Oakland A's this offseason, Bobby Crosby feels like the odd man out. And he's obviously right.
With the signing of Orlando Cabrera, Crosby has lost his job as Oakland's starting shortstop. He has talked to team management and asked to be traded to a team in need of an everyday shortstop.
Crosby, who was the 2004 AL Rookie of the Year, hit 22 home runs his rookie season. He has failed to crack double digits since that time. Last season he hit all of seven home runs in 145 games.
The A's were wanting him to accept a role as a utility infielder, and be a backup at second base and shortstop.
Crosby told the San Francisco Chronicle, "I'm not going to put on a front and act like it's fine. A utility role, playing second, is not something I want to do."
He is slated to earn $5.2 million this season, which is a pretty steep price for a player with a career batting average of .239. Not to mention that he has played in less than two-thirds of Oakland's games the last four seasons due to injuries.
To truly be an "everyday" player, you're actually required to be on the field.
The A's are unlikely to find any takers for him at his current salary, at which point we will see if he accepts the utility role or not. Or the A's may have to bite the bullet and let him go for almost nothing.
One thing is for certain, if Crosby gets his wish and finds a team in need of his services, the A's will have a little more space on the trainers table.