Oakland A’s Acquire Fernando Rodney

The Oakland Athletics have acquired relief pitcher Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitching prospect Dakota Chalmers.

The A’s have decided to give their bullpen an extra boost. They’ve already added Jeurys Familia and Shawn Kelley to a reliever group that is solid, but far from elite, this season, and are adding Rodney’s 3.09 ERA to that group.

Minnesota had signed Rodney in the offseason in an attempt to boost their own bullpen and build off of their appearance in the 2017 AL Wild Card Game. Their season has not worked out as they originally hoped, but now they get a 21-year-old pitching prospect Dakota Chalmers as a consolation for that.

The lanky righty has battled injury this year, appearing in just two games thus far (5.0 innings), but allowing zero runs in five innings in 2018. He spent all of 2017 in High-A for the A’s, throwing just 29.0 innings at a 4.34 ERA.

Chalmers was the No. 8 prospect in the A’s system on MLB.com’s 2015 prospect watch list. He’s fallen off a bit, it seems, due to injury and effectiveness but still has some potential. A nice enough return for a probable rental 41-year-old reliever.

Rodney is not quite the dominant guy he once was, but he is a three-time all-star, the most recent all-star appearance being in 2016, and he’s having a fine enough year so far, pretty much on par with where he has been in recent years.

The A’s are very serious about making the playoffs. They have the league’s best record since mid-June and have placed themselves securely into a Wild Card spot, surging towards the top spot, recently getting as close as within 2.5 games of the New York Yankees, but currently sitting at 4.5 games back of them, and 2.5 games up on the Seattle Mariners for the bottom spot.

 

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