Trevor Rosenthal, Mitch Moreland reach deals with A’s

Oct 8, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Closer Trevor Rosenthal agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

The Athletics have yet to announce the deal for Rosenthal, who would replace the departed Liam Hendriks as the closer in Oakland. Hendriks signed a four-year, $54 million deal with the Chicago White Sox last month.

Also on Thursday, ESPN reported first baseman Mitch Moreland agreed to a one-year deal for $2.25 million with the Athletics.

Rosenthal, 30, split last season with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres. He recorded a 3.29 ERA and notched seven saves in as many opportunities for the Royals before winning his lone decision and collecting four saves with the Padres.

The right-hander sports a 12-25 record with 132 saves and a 3.36 ERA in 373 career appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals (2012-17), Detroit Tigers (2019), Washington Nationals (2019), Royals and Padres.

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Rosenthal saved 45 games for the Cardinals in 2014 and followed up with a career-high 48 the following season when he was an All-Star.

Hendriks, 32, emerged as the closer for the Athletics in 2019, when he saved 25 games in 32 opportunities and posted a 1.80 ERA. The Australian was a first-time All-Star that season.

Hendriks followed that up with 14 saves in 15 chances in 2020, a season reduced to 60 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He dropped his ERA to 1.78, and he tied for ninth in American League Cy Young Award voting and tied for 13th in AL Most Valuable Player voting.

Moreland, 35, split last season with the Boston Red Sox and Padres. He batted .328 with eight homers and 21 RBIs with the Red Sox before being traded in August to San Diego, with which he hit .203 with two homers and eight RBIs.

Moreland is a career .252 hitter with 176 homers and 588 RBIs in 1,179 games with the Texas Rangers, Red Sox and Padres.

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–Field Level Media