As the MLB Winter Meetings draw ever closer, let's take a look at some of the latest MLB rumors, news and notes involving the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.
St. Louis Cardinals rumors: A Trevor Rosenthal reunion?
With plenty of former members of the St. Louis Cardinals returning to the team in the offseason so far, including the inking of starting pitcher Lance Lynn, could a reunion with relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal happen as well?
Rosenthal has certainly already dropped a hint about his hope to return to the Cardinals, sending a text to manager Oliver Marmol as he mentioned in the podcast highlight below.
Rosenthal hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2020, but he spent the first six years of his career pitching for the Cardinals, so there's certainly a familiary there. The right-hander is recovering from UCL reconstruction revision surgery so a timeline for his return is still a little unclear, but it's something that, if he is able to return in enough time to contribute in 2024, he would apparently love to do it in a Cardinals uniform.
Los Angeles Dodgers rumors: Joe Kelly coming back once again
According to FanSided's Robert Murray, Kelly and the Dodgers are close to agreeing on a contract, with WEEI's Rob Bradford later confirming the deal was in place, pending a physical. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
The Dodgers turned down a $9.5 million club option for the 35-year-old right-hander earlier in the offseason, choosing instead to pay him $1 million in a buyout.
Baltimore Orioles rumors: Interest in Robert Stephenson?
According to a social media post from MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Orioles could look to add to their bullpen by signing Stephenson, who posted a 0.678 WHIP over 42 appearances with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2023,
As MLBTradeRumors.com wrote here, "A tiny .194 BABIP undoubtedly contributed to that success, yet the rest of Stephenson’s metrics were so impressive that batted-ball luck alone couldn’t account for his success."