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A's acquire closer Rodney from Twins

Rodney, who had been serving as the closer in Minnesota, will pitch in a setup role in front of All-Star Blake Treinen in Oakland.


Reuters 10 Aug 2018, 02:39 AM United States

The Oakland Athletics made yet another move to bolster their bullpen depth, acquiring right-hander Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for minor league righty Dakota Chalmers.

Rodney, who had been serving as the closer in Minnesota, will pitch in a setup role in front of All-Star Blake Treinen in Oakland. The A's acquired former New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia ahead of the trade deadline and added right-hander Shawn Kelley in a deal with the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Oakland, in the thick of the playoff hunt thanks to a 39-19 stretch since the start of June, has also enhanced its rotation, acquiring right-hander Mike Fiers from the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

The A's currently hold the second wild card in the American League, three games ahead of the Seattle Mariners.

Rodney, 41, is 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 25 saves in 46 appearances this season. He has 50 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.

Rodney, a three-time All-Star, has 325 saves during his 16-year career, much of which was spent with the Detroit Tigers. The Twins signed him to a one-year, $4.25 million contract last offseason; Oakland will hold a $4.25 million club option ($250,000 buyout) for his services in 2019.

Chalmers, 21, was a third-round pick by the A's in the 2015 MLB Draft. He has spent the majority of this season on the seven-day disabled list at Class-A Beloit with an unknown injury, allowing one unearned run on three hits in five innings across two games (one start).

With Beloit last season, Chalmers had a 4.34 ERA in 10 games (five starts).

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