Good-Bye, Trevor Rosenthal ~ St. Louis Cardinals closer.

By Beth Chapman
Nov. 07, 2017

The St. Louis Cardinals announced three players released from their 40-man roster yesterday. Closer Trevor Rosenthal, shortstop Alex Mejia and catcher Alberto Rosario. Starter Lance Lynn was offered the $17.4 MM Qualifying Offer, which presumably to be declined, onto free agency and will give the Cardinals a compensatory draft pick.

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The extraordinary closer, who offered much drama for Cardinals fans, had back-to-back 40+ save seasons in 2014-2015. Yesterday, Rosenthal was released and allowed to be placed on the free agent list.

In 2016, a roller-coaster season for Rosenthal. He lost his closer title to Seung-Hwan Oh, won the position back; but, ended in his season with required Tommy John's surgery late in August. In lieu of TJ surgery recovery time, 12-18 months dependent on the severity of the injury, Rosenthal would see little time on the mound in 2018, if at all.

Talk of a two year deal was speculated to cover Rosenthal's last season being arbitration eligible and move his earliest free agency to 2020. Now, that consideration is not to be. Personally, a very tough break for Rosenthal. But, baseball is a business as the Cardinals organization plan to get back to a team of contention.

Per : "The former closer could seek the same kind of deal that Greg Holland did coming back from Tommy John surgery. Holland signed a one-year deal that was heavy with incentives and that shifted a team option to a player's option when he reached an agreed-upon threshold of games finished. That meant that Holland, after one bounce-back year with Colorado, was able to elect to become a free agent this past weekend."

Of which, Holland has been associated as an "interest" by the Cardinals.


Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong has been nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Jackie Robinson NL Rookie of the Year Award. He is one of the top three to receive votes for the award. Per Goold: "Dodgers first baseman and slugger Cody Bellinger is the favorite to win the award unanimously." Even so, quite the acknowledgement for DeJong and much deserved.

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