Update (3:12 PM EDT): Law says he heard the “good A-ball prospect” would be Chris Paddack. Paddack has pitched five hitless, scoreless innings in each of his last three starts for Single-A Rome.
Fernando Rodney will be back in Florida shooting his arrows. ESPN’s Keith Law was the first to break the news that the Padres are sending the veteran closer to the Marlins. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirmed the deal. It’s not yet known which player the Padres will receive, but Law says it will be a “good A-ball prospect.”
The back of the Marlins’ bullpen has been good, but the 39-year-old Rodney will certainly help. The right-hander owns a 0.31 ERA with 17 saves and a 33/12 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings this season. He’s owed $2 million this season and has a club option for 2017 worth $2 million with a $400,000 buyout.
At 41-37 and in second place entering Thursday night’s game against the Braves, the Marlins are right in the thick of things, trailing the Nationals by only 5.5 games in the NL East.
Ryan Buchter is “seemingly” in line to take over the Padres’ closer’s role with Rodney out of the picture, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.