Chicago Cubs: Top 5 free agent relievers to target – #2: Trevor Rosenthal
Trevor Rosenthal graces this list due to the probability of him being a budget-friendly option post-lockout. Signed in February by the Athletics, Rosenthal found himself sitting out for the entirety of the season due to a torn hip labrum that ultimately required surgery. He never threw a pitch with the team.
For his career, however, Rosenthal has showcased closer abilities and has impressed with a sub-3.00 ERA in four of the last eight years. Most notably, in 2014 and 2015, Rosenthal recorded a total of 93 saves between the two campaigns and is still thought to have a good amount left in the tank as he now just 31 years of age.
Though a risk factor after season-ending surgery, Rosenthal’s upside is extremely high. Should he get back to form, he is a steal for any team as his injury will more than likely force him into a lower dollar contract and we all know the Cubs are all about trying to find the cheapest/highest upside player they can find.
If Rosenthal does become his dominant self once more, he can be one of the main catalysts to a bullpen’s success. There’s risk, sure – but his potential upside could likely prompt the Cubs to roll the dice.