The San Diego Padres have reportedly made a trade, sending closer Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins in exchange for a young starting pitcher prospect.
After signing a 1-year deal with the Padres in the offseason (with a $2 million club-option for 2017), Rodney has pitched wonderfully. He’s posted an ERA of 0.31 in 28.2 innings pitched, converting all 17 of his save opportunities.
We’re still waiting to find out who the Padres will get in return for Rodney, but the team felt it was time to move on from the 39-year old closer. After being swept by the Baltimore Orioles this week, San Diego is 15.5 games out of first place in the NL West division.
We spoke with Fernando Rodney at Padres Spring Training before the start of the season on what he hoped would be a bounceback season, after posting a 5.68 ERA in 56 games for the Seattle Mariners last year:
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