Cardinals to keep Rosenthal at closer, try Martinez as starter
In the St. Louis bullpen, some things will change, and some will stay the same.
The reigning NL-champion Cardinals enjoyed some exceptional shutdown work by some young relievers in the postseason. On that front, one change is in the offing, and one change isn't in the offing.
As Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes, manager Mike Matheny says that 23-year-old closer Trevor Rosenthal (no runs allowed, 33 strikeouts and three unintentional walks in 20 1/3 career postseason innings), despite a stated desire to become a starter and despite success as a starter in the minors, will remain in the closer's role to start 2014. "Right now there is no reason to go anywhere differently than how we ended," Matheny said. "Trevor Rosenthal is a guy who is going in there getting the saves for us. That’s how we’re heading into this spring."
Along similar lines, 21-year-old Carlos Martinez will be given a shot to compete for a rotation job in spring training. Of Martinez's 21 regular-season appearances in the majors, only one has been a start. In the minors, however, 67 of 68 appearances were starts.
The St. Louis rotation would seem to be crowded, what with Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Jaime Garcia already in the fold. However, the Cards may be looking to deal from that position of strength this winter in order to land an upgrade at shortstop.