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.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starter David Price has been shut down for the remainder of the season during Wednesday’s appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria.
Price, 34, missed nearly a month between August 5-31 with a wrist injury (TFCC cyst). He returned on September 1, but lasted only two innings against the Angels and hasn’t pitched since.
Price ends a disappointing 2019 season with a 4.28 ERA and a 128/32 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings across 22 starts. He’ll enter the fifth year of his seven-year, $217 million contract in 2020. $96 million remains on the deal.