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New York Mets must sign reliever Trevor Rosenthal

By Richard Heaton
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 30: Trevor Rosenthal #44 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 30, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 30: Trevor Rosenthal #44 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 30, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /
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Extra help in the bullpen is always a good sign, which is why the Mets need to eventually go after reliever Trevor Rosenthal.

The New York Mets should be able to snag Trevor Rosenthal for a fairly decent price and see where he goes.

For his first few seasons with the Cardinals, he was one of the best closers in baseball. Over the past couple years, however, injuries and others taking his role pushed him out of the spotlight.

Between 2014 and 2015, Rosenthal racked up 93 saves. At the end of the 2015 season, his career ERA was 2.66 through 233 games. He was also a strikeout machine.

In 2013, he had 108 strikeouts in only 75 innings. Those numbers stayed up even while other numbers started to drop. In 2017 his K/9 rate was 14.3. These were the kinds of numbers you’d expect from relievers like Aroldis Chapman or Josh Hader.

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The truth is, Rosenthal has never been a bad pitcher, even when he was demoted from the closer role in 2016. That year he sported a 4.46 ERA. The next season, his ERA dipped to a solid 3.40.

The only real issue with Rosenthal right now is his health. Last August he had Tommy John surgery and was expected to miss all of the 2018 season.

This season, Rosenthal stated that he will remain a free agent while he is recovering and then later on work towards signing with a team.

This could work very well for the Mets in the future. And they really need to consider jumping on the opportunity. Whether Rosenthal replaces Jeurys Familia as the teams closer or works with him and others to create a strong bullpen, having him would work wonders.

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In 2018, Rosenthal made $6.4 million. The combination of injuries and a slight drop in skills should allow for Rosenthal to make the same amount or less. Maybe the Mets can snag him for three-years, $12-17 million?

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