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07:15 AM ET 01.02 | Not long after he announced who would get the ball in the ninth inning to start next season, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called another member of the bullpen. He wanted Jason Motte to hear from him first that Trevor Rosenthal would be closer. "This is what I said, 'I get it. Makes sense,'" Motte recalled. "There's nothing certain with me. We're not 100 percent sure when I'll be back. If you asked me, and he didn't, who should close, I'd say, 'Rosey did a heck of a job.'" A year and one elbow surgery removed from leading the National League with 42 saves, Motte enters the New Year focused more on reclaiming his health than his role. The righthander had Tommy John surgery in May to repair a ruptured ligament in his right elbow, and his rehab will continue going into spring training.

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Mike Matheny, US Presswire Mike Matheny, US Presswire
January 2, 2014  07:47 AM ET

This is temporary as long as Motte returns to form. Rosenthal will move to the rotation next year if all goes well with Motte.

January 2, 2014  09:19 AM ET

I cannot see Rosenthal going back to the rotation with the surplus of young starting pitchers the Cards have now, unless there is a blockbuster trade made during the season or next winter.

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January 2, 2014  11:00 AM ET
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I don't know. Yes, that makes some sense, but the Cards have a **** load of starting pitching depth already. They certainly have some arms to fill holes in the lineup.Boy, signing Yadi to that extension to guide the pitching staff should make Mozie the GM of the decade.

That's one of the best moves they've ever made. The initial consensus was they overpaid. I never thought they did. He's one of the most valuable Cardinals I've ever seen play.

January 2, 2014  12:49 PM ET
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That's one of the best moves they've ever made. The initial consensus was they overpaid. I never thought they did. He's one of the most valuable Cardinals I've ever seen play.

I think he's one of the most respected players in baseball right now.

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January 3, 2014  10:27 AM ET
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That's one of the best moves they've ever made. The initial consensus was they overpaid. I never thought they did. He's one of the most valuable Cardinals I've ever seen play.

100% agree.

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