‘Two-year gap’ Trevor Rosenthal signs a minor contract with Detroit… a comeback challenge

Rosenthal signed with Detroit.

Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reported on March 6 (Korean time) that Trevor Rosenthal signed with the Detroit Tigers.

Rosenthal signed a minor league contract with Detroit. According to Petzold, Rosenthal can receive an annual salary of $2 million and up to $2 million in incentives if he is on the major league roster.

Rosenthal hasn’t been on the big league mound in the past two years. Rosenthal, who spent the 2020 season with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres, signed with the Oakland Athletics in 2021, the San Francisco Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2022, but never made it to the big league mound. He suffered from various injuries including shoulder, hip and hamstring.

Rosenthal, a right-hander born in 1990, was once the best closer in the big leagues. He debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 and took over as their first full-time closer in 2014, posting 45 saves and a 3.20 earned run average, and 48 saves and a 2.10 earned run average in 2025. However, he suffered from injuries during the 2016 season and missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017. Rosenthal, who returned in 2019 and was sluggish, showed a rebound in the shortened season in 2020, but has since struggled with injuries again.

This is his second time with Detroit. Rosenthal signed with the Washington Nationals in 2019 after returning from Tommy John surgery, but was released after poor performance, signed a minor league contract with Detroit in the summer and joined the big league mound. 위너 토토

Rosenthal’s total performance in 8 big league seasons was 373 games, 364 innings, 12 wins, 25 losses, 49 holds, 132 saves, and an ERA of 3.36. In 2020, his final big league season, he went 23.2 innings in 23 games, 1 win, 1 hold, and 11 saves with a 1.90 earned run average in Kansas City and San Diego.

In Triple A last year, he recorded an average ERA of 18.00 in 3 games and 2 innings. If Rosenthal proves he’s got the skills to pitch in the big leagues, he could play a big role in Detroit’s bullpen.