St. Louis Cardinals Rumor: No better time to move Trevor Rosenthal
After a dominant outing last night the St. Louis Cardinals need to pull the trigger on moving Trevor Rosenthal.
Last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Trevor Rosenthal was without a doubt, dominant. Flashing back to when he was the unquestioned closer of the team and known by one word, “Fuego”. After Brett Cecil put the St. Louis Cardinals in a tough spot with two men on in the eighth in a one-run game, hope was starting to crumble.
After facing the heart of the Diamondbacks lineup, Rosenthal left unscathed. Two innings pitched, four strikeouts, no walks, no hits. Thanks to his dominance last night the Cardinals snuck out a win against a potential playoff team. Thanks to his efforts last night, it is very clear there is no better time to move Trevor Rosenthal than now.
Since the Fourth of July, Rosenthal has been one of the best relievers on the market; he has accumulated 7 2/3 innings, 11 strikeouts, and has only surrendered one run. In a market that has bullpen pieces becoming increasingly valuable, the Cardinals need to take advantage and move him as soon as they can.
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There is no limit to what teams may want to be involved for Rosenthal. A good bullpen is key for a playoff run; both World Series teams from last season can vouch for that. Each of these teams went out and added a dominant bullpen piece to bolster their chances and they did not disappoint.
Even after adding two new pieces, the Washington Nationals could still be in the market for another bullpen piece, and/or the Colorado Rockies may want to give their shaky bullpen another addition after adding Pat Neshek.
Two AL-East competitors have been rumored to be looking for bullpen help: the Red Sox and Rays.
There are plenty of landing spots, it is just about getting the right price for your commodity.
Whatever the Cardinal front office decides to do, there are options. Making this move now would mean capitalizing on great efforts by Rosenthal. This could go a long way in rebuilding this team quickly and effectively. The Cardinals still remain quiet on all fronts, but don’t be surprised to see Rosenthal on his way in the next 48 hours.