Athletics acquire Fernando Rodney from Twins

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The Twins announced on Thursday evening that the club traded reliever Fernando Rodney to the Athletics in exchange for minor league pitcher Dakota Chalmers.

Rodney, 41, pitched well for the Twins, racking up 25 saves with a 3.09 ERA with a 50/19 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. The veteran right-hander is owed the remainder of his $4.25 million salary for the 2018 season. His contract has a club option for next season worth $4.25 million with a $250,000 buyout.

Chalmers, 21, was selected by the Athletics in the third round of the 2015 draft. He was not rated among the Athletics’ top-30 prospects by MLB Pipeline. He has only pitched five innings this season with Single-A Beloit this season as he has been away from the team due to an undisclosed personal issue.

Anthems, first pitches and other ceremonial stuff

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The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.

First pitches:

  • Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
  • Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?

National Anthems:

  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
  • For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.

Play ball.