The Miami Marlins have acquired veteran closer Fernando Rodney from San Diego in exchange for Class-A prospect Chris Paddack, both clubs announced Thursday afternoon.
Rodney, 39, currently has an 0.37 ERA this season and only allowed his first run June 21 against Baltimore. He has converted all 17 save opportunities thus far while limiting opposing hitters to just a .137 average, the best in the majors.
A veteran of 14 major league campaigns, Rodney has a career 3.58 ERA in 729 innings. From 2012 to 2014, Rodney tallied 133 saves and a 2.21 ERA while also making the only two All-Star appearances of his career.
The Marlins had been on the lookout for bullpen help over the last few weeks, potentially considering a deal for fireballer Aroldis Chapman. However, with Carter Capps due back for next season the asking price for Chapman was simply too much.
The #Marlins kicked the tires on Chapman, but the asking price was big leaguers. Plus, Capps is back next yr. Rodney more realistic
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) June 30, 2016
Miami’s bullpen has been quite consistent during the season, ranking 13th in the majors and 6th in the National League in ERA.
With A.J. Ramos leading all relievers with 24 saves, the Marlins now have two reliable relievers at the back end of their bullpen. How they choose to use them is unclear, though one might think Rodney will be used as a setup man in the 8th inning. In the case, David Phelps (2.36 ERA, 10.5 K/9) and Kyle Barraclough (2.93 ERA, 16.1 K/9) could be utilised in the seventh inning.
Taken in the 8th round of the 2015 draft, Chris Paddack has been one of the best minor league pitchers this year. In six starts at Class-A Greensboro he has a 0.95 ERA across 28.1 innings. In that time he’s struck out 48 while walking only two hitters. Two of the three runs he allowed came in one outing June 6th against Hickory.
The Marlins now figure to be on the lookout for rotation help with left-hander Justin Nicolino on the disabled list and Wei-Yin Chen posting a 5.00 ERA through his first 15 starts.