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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #150: April 07, 2021, 09:09:25 AM »
Trevor Rosenthal, and $11 million free agent, is seeing surgeons because of a bad shoulder. Expected to be out for months, says The Athletic:


April 6, 2021Updated 8:41 PM EDT

A’s Trevor Rosenthal visited surgeon, could be out for months

By Ken Rosenthal and Alex Coffey

Athletics reliever Trevor Rosenthal visited a doctor on Tuesday in Dallas to examine his right shoulder, according to manager Bob Melvin.

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the reliever will undergo more tests on Wednesday. He could be sidelined for three to four months if surgery is needed.

Rosenthal, who signed a one-year, $11 million deal with Oakland in the offseason, was expected to be the team’s closer. The 30-year-old posted a 1.93 ERA across 23 appearances with the Royals and Padres last season.

Oakland is 0-5 this season, its worst start since 1987. The A’s continue its series with the Dodgers on Tuesday.

This is a developing story. More to come.

What this means for the A's

Rosenthal was their marquee free agent of the offseason. They signed him to a one-year $11 million deal, with money backloaded through 2023, which they won't get back (which is a big deal for a team that's operating at just over $83 million). At the time, their signing of Rosenthal, who was also being courted by the Mets, was a sign that they were pushing to take the AL West title for a second straight year. With this injury, on top of injuries that have sidelined Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, and Burch Smith, their ability to contend is in question.

On the A's start

Coffey: This 0-5 start is a historically bad one for the A's (they haven't started 0-5 since 1987) and they look predictably uninspired, and frankly, lost. It seems that things that they can normally count on — defensive positioning, a lights-out bullpen, an errorless-Matt Chapman — they have not been able to count on. What's worse is that they aren't scoring runs, and the starting rotation has combined for a 9.82 ERA. It won't get easier from here: two more games against the Dodgers, and then a three-game series against Houston. It's still early, but they're digging themselves into quite a hole.

What's next for the A's

Coffey: In short: the A's don't have a closer. The ability to use Rosenthal at the back end freed Melvin up to use his veteran set-up pieces before Rosenthal — Jake Diekman, J.B. Wendelken, Sergio Romo — and now those pieces will have to be mixed and matched to fill this hole. Smith was also placed on the IL today, and he was one of their most dominant arms last year (albeit in a small sample size).