If you checked out my free agency big board for the Braves, you saw that I had Shane Greene and Trevor Rosenthal down to first and second respectively. Now the former Brave is the only option remaining that inspires much hope.
Closer Trevor Rosenthal and the Oakland A’s are in agreement on a one-year, $11M contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
Rosenthal had been seeking a four-year contract originally. Reliever market cratered and he gets one with deferred money. @JonHeyman was first.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 18, 2021
There is no other right-handed reliever on the list. While I quite like Nate Jones, he has struggled with injuries of late. Carl Edwards Jr. could have a bounce-back season, but there’s a lot of risk associated with him as well. I think Jacob Webb will be fantastic in 2021; ditto for Chris Martin, but you never know what you’re going to get out of Luke Jackson.
Other than that, names like Victor Arano, Chad Sobotka, Josh Tomlin, Patrick Weigel, or Touki Toussaint may see reps, but they aren’t Shane Greene. I’ve also made the point multiple times that giving up Joey Wentz stung, and it makes bringing Greene back even more important. Webb and Martin are fantastic options, but both seem to suffer injuries at the worst possible times. With pitchers and catchers reporting yesterday, time is running out for Alex Anthopoulos to bring back one of the few remaining impact relievers on the market.
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