14 Teams Attend Showcase By Former Major League Closer

He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2020 due to shoulder and hip injuries, but now former All-Star and dominant closer Trevor Rosenthal feels he's ready to give it another go. He held a showcase tryout in Florida this week, and no less than 14 teams attended. 

The 32-year-old reportedly reached 95-96 mph on his fastball, and looked strong, though not "in pitching shape" according to New York Mets beat reporter Pat Ragazzo. In fact, the showcase ended with Rosenthal apparently suffering a cramp on his final pitch. 

Among teams known to have attended, in addition to the Mets, were the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.

At his peak, Rosenthal was a lights-out closer, registering back-to-back seasons of 45+ saves with the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of the last decade, and owns a career 3.36 ERA and a hefty 12.1 K/9. But he's also been hampered by injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2017 which cost him the entire 2018 season, then thoracic outlet surgery and a torn hip labrum last year.

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