St. Louis Cardinals plan to make Trevor Rosenthal full-time closer

Oct 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (26) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the 8th inning during game three of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

While Edward Mujica held down the closing duties for the St. Louis Cardinals during the regular season, it was the young Trevor Rosenthal who took over the job come the postseason.

Mujica, who was nothing short of dominating for the vast majority of the year began to struggle as the season drew to a close. The Cardinals opted to replace him with Rosenthal, who despite his desire to be a starter, will enter the 2014 as the Cardinals closer:

Matheny says Rosenthal will come to spring as closer, not the starter he hopes to be. Valuable in ninth, mgr says. #STLCards#cardinals

The Cardinals have a handful of staters worthy of rotational spots – so many so that they’re reportedly looking to trade either Shelby Miller or Lance Lynn, so keeping Rosenthal at the back-end of the bullpen seems to be the best thing for the team.

That’s not to say Rosenthal won’t ever get a chance to start as he prefers, but at least for the start of 2014, he’ll be entering the season as the St. Louis closer.

Topics: St. Louis Cardinals, Trevor Rosenthal

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