Marlins acquire Fernando Rodney from the Padres

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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.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.