The Athletics announced on Wednesday that the club exercised the 2019 club option worth $5.25 million on reliever Fernando Rodney. The base was $4.25 million but he earned an additional $1 million via incentives.
Rodney, 41, split his season between the Twins and Athletics, posting an aggregate 3.36 ERA with 25 saves and a 70/32 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. Rodney will return to the Athletics’ bullpen, helping set up closer Blake Treinen.
Rodney turns 42 years old in March, but he has shown he can still effectively handle major league hitters.
Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.
For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.
Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.