Nationals sign free agent Trevor Rosenthal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Free agent pitcher Trevor Rosenthal will reportedly sign with the Washington Nationals, according to USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale. He missed the entire 2018 season.

Rosenthal has Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season.

Then-St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal pitching against the Cincinnati Reds

Trevor Rosenthal pitching against the Cincinnati Reds (Getty Images)

In April 2018, it was reported that Rosenthal would sign with the Miami Marlins. However, after the news began to leak, he denied a contract had been reached.

He decided to continue his rehab. Rosenthal said he would only work out for teams once he was completely healed.

He followed the same route that Greg Holland, another Scott Boras client, did. Holland underwent Tommy John surgery late in the 2015 season.

Holland then signed with the Colorado Rockies in early 2017. He received a one-year, $7 million deal.

In October 2017, the Rockies decline his $15 million option for the 2018 season.

In March, 2018, Holland signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was then released on July 27, 2018.

He signed a contract in August for a one-year, $545,000.

The 28-year-old Lee’s Summit, Missouri native played the first six years of his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 50 games with 16 games finished and 11 saves.

Rosenthal allowed 20 runs (18 earned runs), including three home runs in 47 2/3 innings. He also struck out 76 batters and walked 20.

At one time, Rosenthal was one of the best closers in the game. He had 45 saves during the 2013 season.

He also had 48 saves during the 2014 season. Those two seasons, he had 93 of his career 121 saves.

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