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The Miami Marlins Trade For Closer Fernando Rodney

Fernando Rodney fires the arrow Frod/via Flickr


The Miami Marlins have boosted their bullpen by adding closing pitcher Fernando Rodney. The 39 year old right hander has pitched 28 games this year with the San Diego Padres with a record of 0-1 and 33 strikeouts through 28.2 innings pitched.

This is topped off by a respectable 17 saves and an incredible 0.31 ERA.  This is without a doubt a better season than last year for Fernando Rodney.

Mami’s current closer, A.J. Ramos has also been having a stellar year completing all 24 of his save opportunities so it seems manager Don Mattingly is going to use Fernando Rodney as a setup man. Using Fernando as a setup pitcher provides the Marlins with a key asset for the rest of the season.

Currently the Marlins sit 5.5 games back from the first place Washington Nationals and are currently holding on to the NL wild card spot. Having Rodney in the 8th inning could help close down close ballgames as the Marlins look to take the top spot in the division.

In return the Padres have received minor league pitcher Chris Paddack. Chris Paddack is a 20 year-old right hander who played for the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Chris Paddack has produced some strong numbers in the minor leagues this year with a record of 2-0 and an ERA of 0.95.

Paddack had been Miami’s eighth round pick in the 2015 draft and ranked him 17th on the list of the best Marlin’s prospects.

Well, now that the trade is complete Marlins fans can look forward to seeing Rodney fire the arrow at Marlins Park all season long.