Bob Melvin couldn’t comment on the A's one-year, $11 million deal with Trevor Rosenthal that Jon Heyman reported Thursday, but the A's manager did say this is nothing new of the team.
“Our front office does have a way of making some moves when it’s least expected,” Melvin said Thursday.
When the A’s traded Khris Davis to the Texas Rangers earlier this month, the team also received cash considerations, and general manager David Forst said they were going to use some of that $13.5 million to bolster the bullpen. Rosenthal does just that, and more.
Last season across two teams, he boasted a 1.90 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.
Rosenthal surely makes the closer competition that much greater. However, if he does take over those responsibilities, having Jake Diekman, Yusmeiro Petit, J.B. Wendelken and Lou Trivino all as possible setup choices has the bullpen sitting pretty once again.
The A’s did make the signing of veteran reliever Sergio Romo official on Thursday. His one-year deal is worth $2.5 million.
Last year with the Minnesota Twins, Romo finished with a 4.05 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. However, across his 13-year career, he boasts a 2.95 ERA. And he certainly will bring some flare back to the Bay Area.
The A’s also reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with 2018 All-Star first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland on Thursday, taking care of their empty designated hitter spot. He also could play some first base if Matt Olson ever needs a break.
Moreland is an absolute A’s killer, compiling a 271/.324/.535 line with 22 home runs in 95 games against the A’s. It’ll be nice to have him on their side for once.
Over the last week or so, the A’s have proven they can make some of these moves at the last minute and still be successful.
On paper, the A’s appear to have what it takes to repeat what they did in 2020 and take the AL West title once again.