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.
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.
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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