Just because the MLB trade deadline has passed, it doesn’t mean players aren’t still on the move. Deals can be done through waiver trades.
If a team claims a player on waivers and they are awarded that player, they have a certain amount to work out a deal for him. The Oakland A’s have done just that for one of the top available closers in baseball.
Tonight, the A’s announced they have acquired Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins. The move further solidifies an already formidable bullpen.
The price for Rodney was cheap as well, as Oakland only had to send minor league pitcher Dakota Chalmers to the Twins.
— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) August 10, 2018
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 10, 2018
Rodney is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA in 46 games this year. His 25 saves rank 10th in the majors right now.
Rodney is 17th on the all-time saves list with 325. He’s a three-time All-Star as well.
Oakland’s bullpen is now even more loaded with the addition of Rodney. The A’s have closer Blake Treinen, who has been lights out, and have now traded for Rodney, Jeurys Familia and Shawn Kelley.