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Cardinals release Trevor Rosenthal

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The Cardinals announced on Monday that the club has granted pitcher Trevor Rosenthal his unconditional release. This comes as no surprise because Rosenthal underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and will miss the entire 2018 season as a result.

Rosenthal, 27, finished the 2017 season with a 3.40 ERA and a 76/20 K/BB ratio across 47 2/3 innings. He was one of the game’s better closers in 2014-15, racking up 93 saves with a combined 2.65 ERA. Once he’s done rehabbing, Rosenthal should generate a good deal of interest.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.