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MLB Breaking News: Athletics Sign Trevor Rosenthal

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MLB Breaking News: The Oakland Athletics are finally starting to get in on the free-agent signings. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Athletics have gone out a signed free agent reliever Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year contract worth $11 million.

MLB Breaking News: Bullpen Gets Addressed

With Liam Hendriks heading off to the Chicago White Sox, the Athletics were left wondering how they would fill in their closer spot. With many of the top free-agent relievers off the market, the Athletics finally went all in and signed Trevor Rosenthal, who was the best reliever still on the market, to a one-year contract worth $11 million, with some of that contract deferred.

With Marcus Semien gone and Khris Davis traded to the Texas Rangers, the Athletics had just enough money to sign Rosenthal. In 2020, Rosenthal had a 1.90 ERA, 11 saves, and 38 strikeouts between both Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.

The Athletics, who are normally sellers in the offseason, has gone in and signed players that will help contend the AL West this season.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.