MLB free agent rumors: Nationals near deal with reliever Trevor Rosenthal

The Nationals are closing in on a deal with free-agent reliever Trevor Rosenthal, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Rosenthal, 28, was a mainstay in the Cardinals bullpen until needing Tommy John surgery in August 2017. He didn’t pitch in 2018 while rehabbing.

If healthy, Rosenthal helps fill a need for the Nationals, whose bullpen had a middle-of-the-pack 4.05 ERA in 2018.

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An All-Star in 2015, Rosenthal pitched a showcase in October in California and maxed out at 100 mph on the radar gun while consistently hitting 98 mph, according to Fancred Sports.

In six MLB seasons, Rosenthal has a 2.99 ERA and 121 saves (45 and 48 in 2014 and ’15, respectively) with 435 strikeouts over 325 innings.

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