18:46: The Brewers will collect all the $4.5MM owed by Rosenthal, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
16:53: Minor league outfielder Tristan Peters will be handed out to the Giants in exchange for Rosenthal, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com (Twitter link).
16:13: The Brewers have taken over right-handed Trevor Rosenthal of the Giants, reports Jon Heyman of The New York Post (Twitter link). It makes for a very short stint for Rosenthal in San Francisco, as the Giants just signed the veteran to a $4.5 million one-year deal on July 21.
It remains to be seen when Rosenthal will actually be able to take the mound for Milwaukee as he hasn’t pitched since the end of the 2020 season due to a groin injury, surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and then a hamstring injury that only surfaced within the last few weeks. Rosenthal wasn’t expected to be ready to pitch for at least a few more weeks, so early September could be the best-case scenario for his Brewers debut.
If he’s healthy, Rosenthal will be another arm in a Brewers bullpen that’s reformed quite unexpectedly in the past two days. Taylor Rogers and Matt Bush were added, while All-Star is closer Josh Hader was shared with San Diego in the blockbuster deal that brought Rogers into the fold. Devin Williams now projects like Milwaukee’s closer, with Rogers, Bush and seated setup men Trevor Gott, Brad Boxberger, Hobby Milnerand Brent Suter providing additional support in high-leverage innings.
What Rosenthal will look like if he can pitch is another question, given the long hiatus. After missing all of 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, Rosenthal had a 13.50 ERA over 15 1/3 innings in 2019, but recovered last season to a 1.90 ERA in 23 2/3 frames with the Royals and Padres. This glimpse of his old All-Star form was enough to intrigue the A’s into signing an $11MM one-year deal ahead of the 2021 campaign, which sadly backfired on Oakland, as Rosenthal never spent as much as a pitch for the organization threw .
The Giants’ return to the deal is yet to be announced, though the transaction reflects the team’s sudden change of direction over the past few days. Flipping Rosenthal probably wasn’t in the minds of the Giants on July 21, but that was also the day the team started a seven-game run. With San Francisco now below .500, the focus is now on selling, with Rosenthal on the way there reputation, Curt Casalic, Matthew Boyd on the way to town, although many of the Giants’ larger trade tokens are still there.