After being designated for assignment by the Mariners over the weekend, Fernando Rodney was acquired by the Cubs today for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Rodney is expected to be in the Cubs’ bullpen for the series opener against the Dodgers tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
Rodney previously pitched for Joe Maddon with the Rays in 2012 and 2013. The 38-year-old lost his closer job with Seattle this season, posting a 5.68 ERA and 43/25 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings while blowing six out of his 22 save opportunities. He’s unlikely to be trusted in high-leverage late-inning situations down the stretch, but the Cubs want to see if there’s still anything left in the tank.