St. Louis Cardinals: Evaluating the arbitration eligible players

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Aug 17, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (44) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after closing out the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Rosenthal

The team will be placed with an interesting decision here. Should they lock up the young exciting closer, with a fastball that touches triple digits? Or, should they instead give him a one year deal to avoid arbitration for one year and look to lock him up next season?

I think the precedence has been set here for Trevor, he and his agent will likely point to what the team did with Lance Lynn last season and look for a deal similar to get Rosenthal paid and help the team avoid going to arbitration.

He does have a bit to bargain with, as he did have the best season of any Cardinals’ closer ever, with 48 saves and an ERA of 2.10. I talked more about Rosenthal’s great season when I did my season review, a couple weeks back. Rosenthal is worth every bit of what he potentially gets this season, but it won’t be that big of an upgrade and the Cardinals’ will get a fair deal out of it despite Rosenthal’s agent being Scott Boras.

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