Mets have stayed in touch with Trevor Rosenthal and are reportedly “in” on the reliever

New York Yankees, Trevor Rosenthal

The New York Mets want to build a super bullpen that can help them protect leads late in games. Last season, the unit was fairly mediocre and didn’t even have Seth Lugo, its most consistent man, for a huge chunk of the season because he was needed as a starter.

During the offseason, the Mets signed Trevor May and Aaron Loup, and added some upside in Jacob Barnes, Sam McWilliams, Mike Montgomery, Tommy Hunter, and others. Yet, they recently lost Lugo to an elbow injury that will require surgery, thus creating the need of bringing another top reliever to spell him.

Trevor Rosenthal is still available as a free agent, and according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have “stayed in touch” with the high-octane right-handed relief pitcher.

NBC Sports Edge explains that Rosenthal “makes for a great fit on just about every team in baseball after working to a 1.90 ERA, 0.845 WHIP, and 38/8 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings last season between the Royals and Padres while racking up 11 saves.”

A worthwhile move for the Mets

If the New York Mets secure his services, the 30-year-old would presumably serve as a setup option and fallback closer in Queens should anything happen to Edwin Diaz.

Rosenthal had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and had to miss the whole 2018 campaign. When he returned in 2019, his control was way off (15.26 walks per nine innings.) However, he was able to right the ship in 2020.

For his career, the former Cardinals closer has a 3.36 ERA and a 2.75 FIP in 364 frames, with a 4.38 BB/9 mark and a 12.12 K/9 one. He uses a heavy, high-spin four-seamer more than two thirds of the time and complements his arsenal with a slider and a changeup.

Rosenthal would be a worthwhile addition for an already good Mets’ bullpen, but he won’t come for cheap and there are other teams in on him.

Could the New York Yankees reunite with David Robertson?

After an extremely slow start to the offseason, the New York Yankees have been moving over the past couple of weeks. They resigned DJ LeMahieu, they signed Corey Kluber, and then they traded for Jameson Taillon. 

While they’ve been conservative, fans have to be happy that the Yankees are actually making moves. After they signed Kluber, I was told that the focus for the Yankees would remain upgrading the pitching.

They were looking at another starter and the relievers that were available. I reported that they had made contact with reliever Trevor Rosenthal. As of yesterday, I was told that the Yankees still have interest in bringing in Rosenthal depending on the deal.

In the past couple of days, we’ve seen rampant rumors surrounding the Yankees desire to bring back Brett Gardner. I was told they are talking a one year deal likely in the four or five million range. I completely detest this potential move, but I’m not running the team so I digress.

The Yankees dealt Adam Ottavino to the Red Sox to free up some cash. With the extra money, it appears that Gardner will be the next move for the bombers instead of a reliever. My understanding is that they will likely work out a deal for Gardner then figure out where to go in terms of relievers based on what money is left.

I’m personally hoping it’s the other way around. I’d love to see the Yankees sign a reliever then give Gardner whatever is left with an offer of take it or leave it. However, I’m not too optimistic about that.

Familiar face back with the Yankees?

Depending on how talks go with Gardner, the Yankees have some cheaper options out there on the reliever market. We’ve already seen them bring back Adam Warren this offseason on a minor league deal.

However, there’s another familiar face they could take a flyer on. That pitcher is former closer, David Robertson. Robertson is coming off Tommy John surgery and he’s planning on doing a pitching showcase in February. 

Robertson only appeared in seven games for the Phillies before needing TJ surgery. He pitched to a 5.40 ERA in those seven games. 2018 was his last full season and it came with the Yankees where he pitched to a 3.23 ERA in 69 games.

Robertson might be a guy the Yankees can get on the cheap end given his recent injuries. A David Robertson reunion will ultimately come down to Brian Cashman’s priorities. If Cashman is set on overpaying a little to bring Gardner back, a cheap reliever is likely in the cards.

However, if Cashman prioritizes getting another top bullpen arm before Gardner, then Robertson is less likely. We should know more soon, but the Yankees will likely attend the showcase if they haven’t secured another reliever by then. Definitely a situation to watch.

Yankees Rumors: One strong-armed relief pitcher Cashman can land on a cost-efficient deal

New York Yankees, Trevor Rosenthal

The New York Yankees aren’t done making moves, despite general manager Brian Cashman going on a spending spree the past few days to acquire starting pitching talent. He also dumped $8.15 million in salary by trading Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees still need to fill multiple positions with quality, and by trading away Otto, they need to add a relief arm to supplement his loss. They also let Tommy Kahnle walk in free agency after suffering an elbow injury last year that required Tommy John surgery.

I can’t imagine the Yankees feel confident with their bullpen at the moment, so we should expect them to find a relief arm in the coming days. One stellar option is Trevor Rosenthal, who pitched for both the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals in 2020.

Rosenthal is currently a free agent, and while he’s nearly 31 years old, he could provide value for the Yankees as an experienced bullpen arm with juice left to spare.

What does Rosenthal offer the Yankees?

This past season, he finished with a 1.90 ERA over 23.2 innings. His 14.45 strikeouts per nine is significant, indicating he racks up numbers in the category — he would produce a few stellar innings for the Yankees in relief. He has been extremely consistent over the course of his career, despite having a tumultuous 2019 season with a measly 15.1 innings sample size.

His current market value is probably in the $2 million range, but the Yankees only need him to pitch a specific number of innings. He primarily utilizes a fastball, changeup, and slider—his fastball covers in the 98.1 mph range, which is exactly what the Yankees like.

Having a strong-armed bullpen option in Chad Green only benefits them, and Rosenthal would add even more power. Currently, it seems as if the Yankees will rely on Jonathan Loaisiga, Green, Zack Britton, Luis Cessa, and Aroldis Chapman as their relief options and closers.

It is clear they could use another arm after trading Ottavino, and Rosenthal would fit the bill adequately on a cheaper contract.

Are the New York Yankees in on Trevor Rosenthal?

New York Yankees, Trevor Rosenthal

The offseason was going incredibly slow for the New York Yankees. Fans were getting extremely restless and it just felt like the bombers were never going to get anything done. All of that changed last week starting with the resigning of DJ LeMahieu. 

After months of back and forth, the Yankees finally got the deal done. However, they didn’t stop there. Once that deal was done, they turned their attention to the starting rotation. It didn’t take them very long to secure another arm for the rotation.

The same day as the LeMahieu agreement, the bombers came to terms with former two-time Cy Young award winner, Corey Kluber. Kluber and the Yankees agreed to a one year deal that will pay him $11 million for the 2021 season.

With LeMahieu and Kluber secured, I was told the focus would remain on pitching. Of course, over the weekend, we saw Luis Castillo rumors running wild. While there have been talks there, there is certainly nothing close or even momentum towards that happening.

Per my understanding, the Yankees are active on a number of fronts. They are definitely working on some trades especially considering they have to free up space on the roster for LeMahieu and Kluber.

They are looking into arms via the trade market, however, they are still looking at the available free agent relievers that are on the market. One of those relievers is someone who they are familiar with. That pitcher is Trevor Rosenthal.

How interested are the Yankees in Trevor Rosenthal?

Over the weekend I was told that the Yankees had made contact with Rosenthal last week. Now, I was not told if those were serious talks or if the bombers were simply doing their due diligence with what’s available on the market.

DJ LeMahieu controlled everything for the Yankees. He was the big domino and now Cashman is exploring every possible option he has to improve the club. By all indications, Trevor Rosenthal is someone they are interested in.

It’s been no secret that the Yankees are looking for another bullpen arm. They like Rosenthal and even took a flyer on him in 2019 by signing him to a minor league deal. Rosenthal was sensational in 2020 and would be a good fit in the bullpen.

It’s worth noting that Cashman is looking into everything. At this time, I just know that there’s been contact, but I’m not sure how serious it is. Last night, Rosenthal tweeted out a gif of Batman in Gotham. Perhaps it’s a sign or maybe just a coincidence.

What I do know is that the Yankees are looking for more pitching help. I would expect to see a move sooner than later with the bombers improving upon either their rotation or their bullpen.

Yankees projected to land former All-Star reliever and efficient starting pitcher

New York Yankees, Trevor Rosenthal

The New York Yankees are still in the market for a relief pitcher and starter to supplement the losses of Tommy Kahnle, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and JA Happ. Their pitching was essentially shredded by free agency, but it opened up plenty of money for them to allocate towards alternative players.

The free-agent market is expected to be slow developing this year, which will give general manager Brian Cashman more time to develop his plan.

Luckily, the Yankees have plenty of players to pick from, but here are two that have been projected to the Bronx based on potential and price.

MLB and SNY’s John Harper believes the Yankees could be in the running to sign relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal:

Who Signs Him? Yankees. Their bullpen wasn’t as dominant as expected, so look for Brian Cashman to add a low-cost reliever or two this winter.

Trevor Rosenthal is a solid option for the Yankees, based on his 2020 performance. Over 23.2 innings, he posted a 1.90 ERA with a 39.5% ground ball rate and 14.45 strikeouts per nine. However, his sample size over the last two seasons is a minuscule 38.3 innings.  His 2017 season was the last time he pitched over 24 innings, finishing with a 3.40 ERA, 40.8% ground ball rate, and 14.35 strikeouts per nine.

I don’t believe any team will be committing long-term to Rosenthal, so the Yankees signing him to a short term deal would be beneficial and shore up their bullpen.

Harper also believes the Yankees will land starting pitcher Garrett Richards:

Somewhat like Paxton, Richards always had high-end stuff that wowed scouts but has repeatedly been derailed by injuries. The right-hander made only 31 starts over four seasons from 2016-’19 but managed to stay healthy for the Padres through the abbreviated 2020 season, pitching to a 4.03 ERA over 51 1/3 innings.

Who Signs Him? Yankees. They love their analytics, so perhaps they’ll buy in on those spin rates and take a shot that Richards can stay healthy.

Richard is another player who has struggled with injuries the past few seasons, but he did manage to pitch 51.1 innings in 2020. He finished with a 4.03 ERA, 40.1% ground ball rate, and 8.06 strikeouts per nine. He’s not a primary strikeout pitcher but has decent ground ball percentages and has a career 10.8% home run to fly ball ratio.

He would likely be a cost-efficient supplement to their losses in the starting rotation, but I wouldn’t expect him to be a top three-arm on the team. He would likely fit a back end role spot well, as a predominant fastball and slider pitcher.

Trevor Rosenthal makes sense for the Yankees and Mets as a deadline addition

New York Yankees, Trevor Rosenthal

As most teams have reached exactly half of the season, and with the trade deadline approaching, many clubs have already decided whether they will be buyers or sellers. The New York Yankees are going to be looking for pitching help, preferably starters, but the New York Mets‘ landscape isn’t so clear.

The Mets have a great offensive core but, because of injuries, ineffectiveness and opt outs, their rotation is very depleted. Jacob deGrom is the only sure thing, as David Peterson and Michael Wacha are working their way back from shoulder inflammation. Steven Matz (9.00 ERA) has pitched poorly, Rick Porcello has been mediocre, and because of that, the Mets have had to use Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo as starters.

Their presence in the rotation has caused the bullpen to be affected, and that’s why the Mets would be wise to explore a deal for the Royals’ Trevor Rosenthal.

The New York Yankees would also be smart to look at the possibility of adding Rosenthal to their bullpen, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Rosenthal looks rejuvenated with Kansas City, with a 1.46 ERA in 13 games and 12.1 frames. He is striking out people at a high rate (34.7 K%, or 12.41 per each nine innings) while maintaining a very healthy 14.6 swinging strike rate.

Rosenthal is pumping 100 mph fastballs by hitters, complementing them with a very good slider that he throws around 25 percent of the time. Maybe it isn’t quite vintage Rosenthal, the one that had so much success with the St. Louis Cardinals, but it looks very close.

For the Mets, it would make sense as it shouldn’t require a top prospect in return (let’s face it, they have given up plenty of them over the last couple of years.)

The Yankees should look to add him, too

Now, for the Yankees, it’s clear that they have prioritized a “super-bullpen” over the last few years. For the most part, they have been able to have it.

This year, however, they have lost Tommy Kahnle to an elbow injury, and other relievers are, or have been, hurt. Aroldis Chapman just returned from an extended COVID-19-related absence, and Zack Britton is currently on the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

Overall, the Yankees haven’t been a top five bullpen. Look at this:

Yes, there is competition for Rosenthal’s services, but if the cost remains reasonable, both the Mets and the Yankees have reasons to be interested in Trevor Rosenthal to shore up the bullpen.

New York Yankees: Can Trevor Rosenthal make an impact in 2019?

New York Yankees take shot at Trevor Rosenthal.

You might be asking yourself just who is this Trevor Rosenthal fellow, and what does he offer to the plate? Better yet, what does he offer the New York Yankees on the mound?

Rosenthal, the 29-year-old strikeout machine from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, elected to pursue a free agency in early August. Not long after, the New York Yankees acquired Rosenthal and agreed to a minor league deal.

I want to examine his history and stats throughout his major league career. Rosenthal has pitched on three different organizations, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and Washington Nationals. During his time with the Cards, he showed no mercy and flourished. Through 6 seasons and 325.0 innings pitched, he posted a fantastic ERA of 2.99, while establishing other substantial numbers, such as a 2.60 FIP, 12.0 K/9 and a 0.5 HR/9 (Baseball-Reference). The only concern at the time was his extremely high 4.0 BB/9 ratio, and the pinpoint reason why his 1.30 WHIP wasn’t exceptional.

As for the Tigers and Nats, the stats aren’t precisely elite by any standards. Through 15.1 innings of work, Rosenthal racked up an outrageous ERA of 13.50, while posting a 6.87 FIP and a 2.41 WHIP. Diving deeper into the ocean of uncertainty, Rosenthal also collected a 9.98 K/9 and a 15.26 BB/9. Although Rosenthal has been known for his abilities to strikeout batters left and right, the rest of his numbers scream unsatisfactory and by a significant margin. The small sample size argument makes sense in this case, but regardless, his BB/9 is rather alarming.

Taking a quick glimpse at his 2019 projections, Rosenthal is expected to possess the following stat line this season:

  • 33.7 IP / 3.48 ERA / 3.28 xFIP / 1.37 WHIP
  • .234 AVG / 12.30 K/9 / 4.54 BB/9 / 0.80 HR/9 

Rosenthal’s expected 4.54 BB/9 will remain a major concern for New York Yankees fans and the organization in its entirety. However, his expected 12.30 K/9 and 0.80 HR/9 are rather impressive, especially considering Yankee Stadium is known for its short porch and home run derby like atmosphere. Will Rosenthal live up to the hype in the minors and produce quality outings for the Yanks later in the season? Only the future will determine the outcome, hopefully for the better and not the worst.

New York Yankees Take a Shot on Former All-Star Trevor Rosenthal

New York Yankees take shot at Trevor Rosenthal.

New York Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman took some heat after he didn’t make any moves before the July 31st trade deadline. After that date, teams can no longer trade for another player, however, teams can sign players to minor league contracts or sign free agents.

On Tuesday, Cashman was busy and the New York Yankees signed former All-Star free-agent Trevor Rosenthal to a minor league contract, per John Heyman of MLB network.

Rosenthal was designated for assignment earlier this season by the Detriot Tigers where after he decided to enter free agency. He began the 2019 season with the Washingon Nationals where he signed a one-year $6 million dollar deal (Spotrac). He racked up a 22.74 ERA in 12 appearances with the Nats and was released in June. Then picked up by the Detriot Tigers, Rosenthal posted a 7.00 ERA in ten appearances.

So… what’s he got?

Once one of the hardest throwing relief arms in the league, Rosenthal earned an All-Star spot in 2015 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He runs his fastball up to the high 90s and flashes a curveball at around 87-88. He also uses a slider around 89-91 and a curveball from 80-83. This arsenal of pitches is perfect for what the Yankees look for in a relief pitcher.

Even though Rosenthal has been lousy recently, this was a good pickup from the Yankees. Hopefully, he’ll figure it out in the minor leagues and then be a useful arm in the bullpen heading into the postseason. We remember Chad Green’s awful start to the year, being sent down to triple-A and now being dominant for the Bombers. Hopefully, Rosenthal can do the same.