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Report: Athletics sign Trevor Rosenthal to one-year deal

The Oakland Athletics have added some bullpen depth with the free agent pitcher.

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (47), the eleventh pitcher for the team in the game, pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning during game three of the 2020 NLDS at Globe Life Field.  Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics have signed Trevor Rosenthal, taking the relief pitcher off of the free agency market. Rosenthal is signing a one-year contract worth $11 million, per Jon Heyman of the MLB Network.

The 30-year-old relief pitcher will likely slot in as Oakland’s closer this season after Liam Hendriks signed a three-year, $54 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. Last season, Rosenthal spent 14 games with the Kansas City Royals, before being traded at the August trade deadline to the San Diego Padres.

With Kansas City, Rosenthal had seven saves with an ERA of 3.29. He also recorded 21 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched. Then with the Padres, Rosenthal helped the backend of their bullpen with four saves in nine games. Additionally, he produced 17 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. In 2014 and 2015 he had a combined 93 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rosenthal came up in the Cardinals system and spent time with the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Royals, and Padres.