The Oakland Athletics have designated outfielder Alex Hassan for assignment, according to a team announcement. The former Red Sox outfielder was designated for assignment for the third time by the Athletics on Friday, just six days after the team claimed him off waivers from Texas. It was the sixth time since the end of last season the 27-year-old Massachusetts product has been designated for assignment and placed on waivers.
The former 20th-round 2009 pick out of Duke University was first cut loose by Boston last November and claimed by the A's who wanted him for minor league depth. But when they designated him in order to clear the necessary waiver requirement, the Baltimore Orioles claimed him. Then the Orioles designated him to make roster room when they signed shortstop Everth Cabrera at the start of spring training, and the A's claimed him again -- only to designate him again just before the start of the season to make room for newly signed outfielder Cody Ross.
The Texas Rangers claimed him and then optioned him to their Triple-A affiliate at Round Rock where he made 67 plate appearances in three weeks and hit .267 on 16 hits, five of them doubles, drove in eight runs and struck out 14 times before being designated again. The A's claimed him for the third time and optioned him to their Triple-A affiliate at Nashville where he registered one hit, one walk and three strikeouts in 14 at bats over the last six days.
Over seven minor league seasons and 2,290 plate appearances, Hassan has earned a .288/.393./431 slash line. Last year, Hassan made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox with nine plate appearances over three games; resulting in one hit, one walk and five strikeouts for a .125 batting average. He successfully handled the only fly ball that came his way in right field. He retains his rookie status through this season.