The KC Royals revived Trevor Rosenthal’s career and it’d make a lot of sense for both sides if he re-signed with them for the 2021 season.
Prior to jumpstarting his career as a member of the Kansas City Royals, Trevor Rosenthal looked washed up. He was lit up during his stints with the Nationals and Tigers in 2019, so fans weren’t exactly thrilled when Dayton Moore made a typical Royals move in bringing in the former Cardinals closer.
It ended up being a terrific move, as Rosenthal was incredible during his brief time in a Royals uniform, finishing his KC tenure with an ERA of 3.29 and locking down seven saves through 13.2 innings pitched. Rosenthal was so clutch that the Royals were able to flip him to the Padres in exchange for Edward Olivares and Dylan Coleman.
Rosenthal looked good with the Padres during their run to the playoffs, throwing 10 scoreless innings and recording four saves. Somehow he’s still available to sign on the free-agent market and the Royals should push to sign him and get him back to Kansas City for another season.
If the KC Royals were able to bring Trevor Rosenthal back, their bullpen would be downright deadly.
The Royals already look to have a pretty good bullpen in 2021, as they have Scott Barlow, Wade Davis, Jesse Hahn, Greg Holland, Jakob Junis, Richard Lovelady, Josh Staumont, Kyle Zimmer, and Tyler Zuber as options to throw into a game in crunch time. Rosenthal would give the Royals nice competition as far as the closer role is concerned and if nothing else, he’d be on a short contract so it wouldn’t destroy the team financially.
Moore has been aggressive this offseason and has tried to put the old band back together again in re-signing both Davis and Holland. Fans aren’t sure what to expect from Davis in 2021 considering how badly he fell off after he left Kansas City, but this bullpen has a chance to be very good and Rosenthal would make them a top 10, if not top five, bullpen.
The Royals are going to need all the help they can get if they want to make any kind of noise in the American League Central and their bullpen could give them a hefty advantage. Rosenthal is from Lee’s Summit and were it not for the Royals, wouldn’t be in a situation to make a nice chunk of change this offseason. Hopefully, he repays the Royals for taking a chance on him by coming back to pitch for them in 2021.