OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal on a one-year contract, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated outfielder Dustin Fowler for assignment.
Rosenthal began the 2020 season with Kansas City and had seven saves and a 3.29 ERA in 14 relief appearances when he was traded to San Diego on Aug. 29. He did not allow an earned run in nine games with the Padres, saving four games, and combined for a 1-0 record, 11 saves, a 1.90 ERA and .148 opponents batting average in 23 relief appearances overall. The 30-year-old right-hander ranked fourth in the majors in save percentage (91.7%) and tied for seventh in saves while raking seventh among relievers in strikeouts per nine innings (14.45), tied for ninth in strikeouts (38) and 10th in opponents batting average (.148). Rosenthal has saved 132 games in 373 career relief appearances over eight seasons in the majors with St. Louis (2012-17), Washington (2019), Detroit (2019), Kansas City (2020) and San Diego (2020). He has 490 strikeouts in just 364.0 innings, an average of 12.12 per nine innings.
Fowler was part of the 60-man player pool in 2020 but did not play. He was originally drafted by New York (AL) in 2013 and was traded to the A’s in the Sonny Gray deal at the 2017 trading deadline. The 26-year-old left-handed hitter made his ML debut with the Yankees in 2017 but ruptured his patellar tendon in the first inning of his first game and never batted. Fowler hit .224 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 69 games with the A’s in 2018.