Fernando Rodney to Marlins: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2016

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 4: Fernando Rodney #56 of the San Diego Padres celebrates after getting the final out during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at PETCO Park on June 4, 2016 in San Diego, California.(Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Padres reportedly traded relief pitcher Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins on Thursday, according to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network and Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.   

According to Heyman, the Padres are receiving minor league right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack in the deal:

Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

paddack's last 3 starts in minors: 5 IP, 0 hits. each game. not bad. @jcgreenx tipped me on the hitless wonder

Rodney, 39, has been superb this season, going 0-1 with 17 saves, a 0.31 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched. A.J. Ramos has also been excellent as the team's closer, with 24 saves in 24 opportunities and a 1.74 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. So the Marlins now have two strong options in the eighth and ninth innings.

That means Rodney will either slot into the team's closer role or become the team's setup man, as the 41-37 Marlins are both in the hunt for the National League East (5.5 games behind the Washington Nationals at the time of publication) and a wild-card berth.

With the Marlins in the postseason picture, Rodney wasn't the only player the team considered to bolster the bullpen, per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:

Joe Frisaro @JoeFrisaro

The #Marlins kicked the tires on Chapman, but the asking price was big leaguers. Plus, Capps is back next yr. Rodney more realistic

Carter Capps was expected to compete for the closer's role this season, but he required Tommy John surgery in March and is done for this campaign. 

Rodney is an excellent option in the meantime. The two-time All-Star has been borderline unhittable this season and is due to make just $2 million next season on a 2017 club option that includes a $400,000 buyout, per Spotrac.

Giving up Paddack wasn't cheap, but Rodney's ability to serve as the team's closer this season and his reasonable contract for next year made the move a smart addition for the Marlins. 

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