Rosenthal Signs with Nationals

 

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Rosenthal on the move to extend his career good luck my friend…..

The Nationals are “finalizing” a contract with free agent right-hander Trevor Rosenthal, according to Bob Nighengale of USA Today (Twitter link). Terms of the prospective agreement are not yet known.
Rosenthal, a client of the Boras Corporation, recently put on a showcase to exhibit his form after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Evidently, he impressed the Washington brass, who’ll take a shot on the hard-throwing former Cardinals late-inning standby.
While it’s not yet clear just what role will be given to Rosenthal, who’s still just 28 years of age, the report suggests he’ll “anchor the bullpen.” Though southpaw Sean Doolittle figures to have the inside track on the ninth inning, given his outstanding (albeit injury-shortened) 2018 showing, the Nats could certainly use Rosenthal as their top set-up option or perhaps get more creative in their pen usage based upon situations.
The chance at high-leverage innings seems to have been a motivating factor for Rosenthal, who said as much in an interesting recent chat with Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com. Rosenthal also held true to his stated desire to put pen to paper before the start of November.
Rosenthal’s TJ procedure took place in late August of 2017, so he is now already about 14 months out from the operating table. There’s every reason to think that he’ll be a full go for Spring Training, particularly since he has already shown that he’s capable of working in his customary upper-nineties velocity.
Of course, the real question with Rosenthal has never been one of arm strength. He has at times dealt with control issues, dishing out 5.4 walks per nine in the 2014 season and a hefty 6.5 free passes per nine in 2016. That latter campaign was a rough one for the flamethrower: he also surrendered a whopping .425 BABIP, lost his closing job, and ended the season with a 4.46 ERA.
In camp in 2017, Rosenthal dabbled with a return to a starting role — he functioned in that capacity in the minors, but never in the bigs — but ultimately returned to the St. Louis relief corps. Before going down to a torn UCL, Rosenthal threw 47 2/3 innings of 3.40 ERA ball with a career-high 14.3 K/9 against 3.8 BB/9. Rosenthal carried a personal-high 15.9% swinging-strike rate for the season, finding an extra gear as he completely abandoned his curve in favor of his slider.

Jeff Todd

2018 Cardinal Blogger Awards-My Votes

1) Player of the Year
-Matt Carpenter X
–Jose Martinez
–Yadier Molina
–Marcell Ozuna
–Write-in: _______________

2) Pitcher of the Year
–Jack Flaherty
–Jordan Hicks
–Miles Mikolas X
–Bud Norris
–Write-in: _______________

3) Game of the Year (Non-Walkoff)
June 3 vs. Pirates (Wacha eight hitless innings) X
June 22 at Brewers (Flaherty 7 IP, 1 H, 13 K)
July 15 vs. Reds (Shildt’s first game)
July 20 at Cubs (Carpenter 5 hits, 3 HR)
September 16 vs. Dodgers (Wainwright six scoreless)
–Write-in: ____________

4) Game of the Year (Walkoff)
April 26 vs. Mets (run off Famila in 10th, Fowler single in 13th)
May 5 vs. Cubs (Wong homer in 10th) X
May 6 vs. Cubs (Fowler homer in 14th)
August 2 vs. Rockies (Martinez single in 9th)
August 13 vs. Nationals (DeJong homer in 9th)
–Write-in: _____________

5) Surprise Player of the Year
–Harrison Bader X
–Miles Mikolas
–Bud Norris
–Kolten Wong
–Write-in: ______________

6) Disappointing Player of the Year
–Paul DeJong
–Greg Holland X
–Tommy Pham
–Adam Wainwright
–Write-in: _______________

7) Rookie of the Year
–Harrison Bader X
–Jack Flaherty
–Jordan Hicks
–Yairo Munoz
–Tyler O’Neill
–Write-in: ______________

8) Acquisition of the Year
–Miles Mikolas X
–Yairo Munoz
–Bud Norris
–Marcell Ozuna
–Chasen Shreve
–Write-in: ______________

9) Most Anticipated Cardinal
–Randy Arozarena
–Dylan Carlson
–Nolan Gorman X
–Ryan Helsley
–Write-in: _______________

10) Best Individual Cardinal Blog
–Baseball Geek in Galveston
–C70 At The Bat
–Cardinal Red Baseball
–CardinalsGM
–MLB Voice
–RetroSimba
–View From The Cheap Seats X
–Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball
–Write-in: _________________

11) Best Team Cardinal Blog
–Bird Law
–Birds on the Black
–Cardsblog
–Redbirds Nest in Korea
–Redbird Rants
–STL Hat Trick
–Viva El Birdos X
–Write-in: _____________

12) Best Media Coverage
–Derrick Goold X
–Benjamin Hochman
–Jenifer Langosch
–Bernie Miklasz
–Rob Rains
–Mark Saxon
–Joe Trezza
–Write-in: ______________

13) Post of the Year
“Hey ESPN, Why Won’t You Talk About the Cards?”, Diane Schultz, Women Who Love Cardinal Baseball
“Hometown Jerry Reuss Dreams of MLB”, Joe McBrayer, Cardinal Red Baseball
“The NL Central Road No Longer Goes Through St. Louis”, Daniel Shoptaw, C70 At The Bat
“Red Schoendienst: The Consummate Cardinal”, Brian Swope, STL Hat Trick X
–Write-in: _______________

14) Best UCB Podcast
–11th Inning Stretch
–Bird Law
–Bird Seeds (video)
–Cardinals Nation 24/7
–Gateway To Baseball Heaven
–Meet Me At Musial X
–Prospect to be Named Later
–Write-in: _________________

15) Best Non-UCB Podcast
–243 Podcast
–Best Podcast in Baseball
–Cubs Cards Cast
–Seeing Red
–Scoops with Danny Mac X
–St. Louis Cardinals Extras (MLB.com)
–Team of Rivals Podcast
–Two Birds on a Bat
–Viva El Birdos
–Write-in: _________________

16) Best Podcaster
–Write-in: _________________

17) Best UCB Twitterer
–Write-in: __Bluegrass Cardinal_______________

18) Best Social Media Game
–#bombsaway
–The Cardinal Six X
–Write-in: _________________

Is Bryce Harper the Right Fit?

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I have been seeing a lot of chatter from my fellow Bloggers about Bryce Harper being a good fit with the Cardinals more so than free agent to be Manny Machado. My gut feeling tells me Harper and the Cardinals would be very compatible.

So why do we need Harper well,  Bryce Harper is a diligent baseball player who produces prodigiously and yearns for a championship. Again, this will be the free agent outfielder’s age-26 season — he’s primed for his prime. He’s a career .900 OPS player. He walks well, even when he’s not hitting. Oh, and he’s that alluring lefty bat the Cardinals have coveted in the middle of their lineup.

The Cardinals will need a hard line sales pitch plus the right offer. “When you look at the past offseasons, we’ve definitely had some swings and misses,” Mozeliak said. “We’ve had some successes. We have to find a way to get over that hump. Because we now know 88 was not good enough. And our division doesn’t look like it’s going to get any weaker. It’s going to require investment and intelligence to get us over that hump.”

 

Cardinals News & Notes

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The Cardinals will face some changes in the coaching ranks, as third base coach Jose Oquendo has informed the team he will not return in 2019, president of baseball ops John Mozeliak announced to reporters Tuesday (links via Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Mark Saxon of The Athletic). Oquendo, who was offered the opportunity to return, will work with the club in Spring Training but will spend the bulk of the season away from the game with his family.
In Oquendo’s absence, bench coach Ron Warner is moving to third base coach. First base coach Oliver Marmol is taking the reins at bench coach, while hitting coach George Greer will be a minor league hitting coordinator moving forward. That leaves the Cards with a vacancy both at hitting coach and first base coach, and Goold notes that Triple-A manager Stubby Clapp is expected to be offered one of those two positions if he is not hired away from the team. Clapp, who has been quite successful in his current role with the Cardinals’ Memphis affiliate, is also a rumored candidate for the Blue Jays’ managerial post (though he has denied hearing from the Jays to this point).
More out of St. Louis…
Goold notes that Mozeliak plans to speak with Rick Ankiel about the former left-hander/outfielder’s desire to make a comeback in 2019. Ankiel announced back in August that he was planning on pursuing a return to the Majors as a relief pitcher. He told Yahoo’s Tim Brown that month that he has “nothing to lose” and feels that he’s “in a better place” than he was when his career on the mound was derailed by the yips nearly two decades ago. While Ankiel would be nothing more than a roll of the dice, Mozeliak did express a desire to improve the left-handed pitching in the Cardinals’ relief corps. Zach Britton and Andrew Miller headline this year’s crop of free-agent lefty relievers, though there are ample names beyond that pair (to say nothing of countless options on the trade market).
Details of Adam Wainwright’s contract to return to the Cardinals won’t become clear for a few weeks, but Mozeliak indicated (via Saxon) the venerable right-hander was “willing to bet on himself,” adding that the risks associated with the contract are low. Obviously, that indicates that the contract will come with a fairly small base salary. It’s already been reported that Wainwright’s contract will have both rotation- and bullpen-based incentives, so the team may not yet even have a determination on what his role will be in 2019. Mozeliak did note that the rotation, which is loaded with depth options, is “probably not going to be our focus of energy.”
Rather, Saxon notes, supplementing the offense seems to be a greater focus. The preference, Mozeliak implied, would be a left-handed bat, though he added that he “[doesn’t] think it has to be.” The longstanding head of baseball ops for the Cards firmly indicated that the team hasn’t given up on Dexter Fowler being able to bounce back, though he also wouldn’t make any declarative statements about Fowler’s role in 2019. Mozeliak called the positions filled by Yadier Molina (catcher), Paul DeJong (shortstop), Marcell Ozuna (left field) and Harrison Bader (center field) all “pretty certain,” and indicated that Matt Carpenter would be in the lineup as well, most likely at first base. Beyond that, Mozeliak emphasized that he’s been a “big advocate” for Kolten Wong and hopes the defensive stalwart can continue to improve.
As Goold notes, third base and right field seemed the two most plausible areas for upgrade based on Mozeliak’s comments. That’ll lead to no shortage of speculation tying the Cards to top free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, though when asked about free agents, Mozeliak explained that he has “to be pragmatic and understand what that looks like” from a long-term vantage point.

Steve Adams