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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Closer Trevor Rosenthal, Oakland Athletics reach 1-year, $11M deal, sources say

Closer Trevor Rosenthal and the Oakland Athletics are in agreement on a one-year, $11 million contract, sources familiar with the deal confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

Rosenthal, 30, had been seeking a four-year contract, but the free-agent market for relief pitchers had cratered. He did have multiyear options, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, but he chose the higher annual salary and save opportunities that Oakland offered.

The right-hander was 1-0 with 11 saves and a 1.90 ERA in 23 relief appearances last season for Kansas City and San Diego, which acquired him on Aug. 29. He joined the Padres in the middle of a rebound season after struggling with injuries and poor performance in recent years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2021 at 12:06 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: February 18, 2021 at 12:33 PM (#6005653)
Great past week or two for the A's. They must be the favorite in the west now. Too bad they didn't keep Semien or get a better second baseman. Their bullpen looks pretty stacked again.
   2. The Duke Posted: February 18, 2021 at 12:46 PM (#6005656)
Trevor refuses to accept 1/10 demanding non-collusion contract terms
   3. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 18, 2021 at 12:52 PM (#6005657)
Too bad they didn't keep Semien or get a better second baseman.

Agreed. I love Chad Pinder in the super-utility role, getting starts at 2B, SS, 3B, and LF. They still don't have a starting 2B, IMO, unless its Pinder.

EDIT: Let me clarify, I hope Pinder plays ZERO at 3B because Chapman is completely healthy.
   4. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: February 18, 2021 at 01:02 PM (#6005662)
I think Chapman will need some DH days so against LHP Pinder can play 3B and sit Moreland.
   5. JRVJ Posted: February 18, 2021 at 01:51 PM (#6005669)
1, it's not like other AL West teams did a ton during this off-season.
   6. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 18, 2021 at 02:04 PM (#6005672)
Having now looked at the guy's stats, this is good, very good.
   7. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 18, 2021 at 02:05 PM (#6005673)
MITCH MORELAND? OH NOOOOOO.
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 18, 2021 at 04:25 PM (#6005697)
Rosenthal's last decent season was 2017 and last great season was 2015 until he pitched well in ... 23 innings in 2020. I have a feeling this contract will work out badly. Reminds me of Brian Wilson, but at least he didn't get a player option like Wilson did.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2021 at 05:19 PM (#6005705)
That's because he had TJ surgery in 2017, was out 2018, and didn't pitch well at all in 2019 due to absolutely no command, probably still feeling the effects of the surgery. He looked fantastic last year, and it was just 23 innings, but that's why he got a one year deal. I'm a bit surprised no one else out bid Oakland, but my guess is this was the best chance to close for a contender.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 18, 2021 at 05:39 PM (#6005707)
I'm a bit surprised no one else out bid Oakland

Really? $11M for a guy with 22 very good IP in the last three season seems like a lot to me.
   11. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: February 18, 2021 at 06:41 PM (#6005716)
$11M for a guy that throws 100mph with a good slider and a good career leading up to an injury who came back and dominated a short season seems about right. Some of it is deferred so even better for the cheapskate A's.
   12. The Honorable Ardo Posted: February 18, 2021 at 10:09 PM (#6005748)
The A's obviously think Rosenthal is back to being a dominant closer. Proof's in the pudding.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 18, 2021 at 10:17 PM (#6005751)
$11M for a guy with 22 very good IP in the last three season seems like a lot to me.
It’s a bit unusual - a 1-year contract paid out over 3 years. $3M in 2021 & 2022, plus $5M in 2023.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2021 at 10:54 PM (#6005754)
And its paid out in store credit!
   15. salvomania Posted: February 18, 2021 at 11:41 PM (#6005760)
Over his last four seasons he's walked 83 in 127 innings. And you can say, OK, that's distorted by that horrible 2019 when he walked 26 in 15.1 ip, but he also walked 7 guys in 13.2 ip for the Royals last year before he got traded to the Padres and suddenly found his command---for all of 10 innings.

It's a good thing it's only a one-year deal.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 19, 2021 at 10:08 AM (#6005792)
And its paid out in store credit!

A's merchandise. Mostly John Jaha jerseys and Jack Cust bobbleheads.
   17. Rally Posted: February 19, 2021 at 10:24 AM (#6005795)
Over his last four seasons he's walked 83 in 127 innings. And you can say, OK, that's distorted by that horrible 2019 when he walked 26 in 15.1 ip, but he also walked 7 guys in 13.2 ip for the Royals last year before he got traded to the Padres and suddenly found his command---for all of 10 innings.


Then he walked 5 and gave up 6 runs in 4 postseason innings.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 19, 2021 at 10:38 AM (#6005799)

Then he walked 5 and gave up 6 runs in 4 postseason innings.


Relievers are like penny stocks, or junk bonds. If you must play, buy them cheap, in volume, and don't hold them long.

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