It's only fitting that on the busiest travel day of the year, the busiest traveler in the world of baseball was on the move one more time.
His name is Sandy Rosario, though you already knew that if you keep tabs on baseball's daily transactions.
He's a 27-year-old right-hander that has spent the better part of nine seasons in the minors, though he did make ten relief appearances for the Miami Marlins spread out over the past three seasons, posting a dismal 15.26 ERA.
Hey, at least he made it, right?
And here's some more good news is. Those ten appearances are not what he'll be remembered for around baseball circles should he never make it back to the majors. That's because Rosario was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants on Friday afternoon, meaning he has the distinction of being involved in five different transactions that have sent him to four different organizations since Oct. 17, 2012.
That's right, five transactions involving four different organizations in a matter of 65 days, three of which he'll go down as never officially appearing for at any professional level.
Well, unless they claim him or trade for him again.
Here's a look at his updated transaction/travel log:
• Selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox from the Miami Marlins on Oct. 17.
• Traded to Oakland A's by the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later (Graham Godfrey) on Nov. 28
• Selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox from the Oakland A's on Dec. 10.
• Selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from the Boston Red Sox on Dec. 12.
• Selected off waivers by the San Francisco Giants from the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 21.
As Matt Snyder of Eye on Baseball notes, what makes the recent flurry of activity involving Sandy Rosario more interesting and perhaps even a bit more amusing — to us, not him — is that he had never been involved in a transaction from the day he signed as an amateur free agent with the Marlins (July 2, 2004) until being claimed on Oct. 17.
From staying with one team for nine years, which is rare enough for full-time major league players, but even more so for guys toiling away in the minors, to travelling coast-to-coast three times — collecting 10,797 frequent flier miles along the way — in a little over two months. That's quite a change in lifestyle, though at the end of the day I'm sure it won't much matter to him as long as he ultimately receives that extended opportunity in the big leagues.