A’s: Why Trevor Rosenthal took the type of deal Marcus Semien turned down

Days before pitchers and catchers were due to report to Mesa, the Oakland A’s roster was anemic. Not decimated — the talent and core from past contending seasons remained. But the A’s didn’t have a counter punch as other teams purged its overflowing bin of free agents. They seemed resigned to start retreating out of contention. But through a flurry of moves in the final hours, the A’s sent a bat signal that they weren’t sitting on their hinders. They could make a better team, despite the extreme budgetary confines. That’s what sealed the deal for Trevor Rosenthal, who ultimately sign a one-yea…

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