Padres to acquire Royals closer Trevor Rosenthal

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DENVER — The Padres have reached an agreement with the Royals to acquire closer Trevor Rosenthal to help their beleaguered bullpen, multiple sources confirmed Saturday.

The Padres are parting with outfielder Edward Olivares and possibly at least one more prospect in order to get the 30-year-old right-hander, who is a free agent after this season. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first tweeted the deal was close.

Trevor Rosenthal has saved seven games and struck out 21 batters in 13 1/3 innings this season.

He is expected to provide help at the back end of games for a team that lost closer Kirby Yates to elbow surgery earlier this month. Additionally, Drew Pomeranz has been on the injured list the past 10 days due to a shoulder impingement and Emilio Pagan has battled through biceps soreness recently.

Rosenthal, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was signed to a minor league deal by the Royals before this season. He was released by three teams in 2019.

He was an All-Star in 2015 for the Cardinals and saved a team-record 48 games that season after saving 45 in ’14.

The Royals are in Chicago. In order for him to join the team in Colorado, Rosenthal will have to fly privately. His agent, Scott Boras, has said he will provide charter flights for any client who is traded.

The Padres have also shown interest in starting pitchers, including Texas’ Lance Lynn. But while the Padres are in need of innings, the asking price for Lynn is said to be exorbitant.


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