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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal pitches in the eighth inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

LOS ANGELES • The market for free-agent reliever Trevor Rosenthal could move swiftly after the World Series based on the interest generated from his recent workout for scouts.

About 40 scouts attended Rosenthal’s 36-pitch showcase in the Los Angeles area, and they saw the Cardinals’ former All-Star closer touch 98 mph with his fastball and sit in the high 80s with his slider and changeup.

Rosenthal, a back-to-back 40-save reliever for the Cardinals, missed all of the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals declined to offer the 28-year-old a contract for that season, and he has been a free agent since.

The Cardinals had a scout attend Rosenthal’s workout, and they have been aware of his recovery, a lot of which has taken place in St. Louis. They are not, however, an aggressive pursuer of the righthander, who will attract interest from teams like the Cubs, Nationals, Red Sox and others in need of late-inning answers.

The contract model Rosenthal is likely to follow was the one Greg Holland received that had a one-year guarantee and an opt-out after 2019.


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