The Oakland A’s added yet another high-profile reliever to their bullpen on Thursday, acquiring veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Dakota Chalmers.
Rodney joins Jeurys Familia and Shawn Kelley as recent bullpen acquisitions made by the A’s. The A’s also acquired starter Mike Fiers from the Tigers this week in exchange for two players to be named later.
Rodney has served as the Twins’ closer this season, racking up 25 saves. In 43.2 innings, he has a 3.09 ERA and a 50:19 K:BB. He’s allowed five home runs. Rodney is a 16 year veteran and he has 325 career saves. He also has postseason experience, having pitched in 13 postseason games for the Tigers, Rays, Cubs and Diamondbacks.
To get Rodney, the A’s sent the Twins Chalmers, who I had ranked as the A’s 20th-best prospect going into this season. Chalmers made only two appearances this season before injuring his elbow. He eventually had Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old signed a seven-figure bonus with the A’s as a third-round pick in 2015. He’s flashed a plus fastball that sits 92-95 and can touch 97, as well as two solid breaking pitches, but he’s also struggled with command and with staying on the field.
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