The A's can't stop trading for veteran pitchers.
After already acquiring Jeurys Familia, Shawn Kelley and Mike Fiers over the last few weeks, the A's announced Thursday evening that they've acquired 41-year-old reliever Fernando Rodney from the Twins. Minnesota will receive pitching prospect Dakota Chalmers in return.
In his 16th major league season, Rodney has a 3.09 ERA with 25 saves in 46 appearances. During his career, Rodney has converted 325 saves.
The A's will be Rodney's 10th major league team. He has spent time with the Tigers, Rays, Angels, Mariners, Twins, D'backs, Padres, Cubs and Marlins.
Chalmers, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher, was drafted in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Chalmers is currently on the 7-day disabled list with Single-A Beloit. In two games this season, he's allowed three hits and one unearned run in five innings. Over his four-year career in the minors, he has a 4.08 ERA in 38 appearances, 30 of which have been starts. He came into the season as the A's No. 30 ranked prospect according to Baseball America.
According to Jon Heyman of Fancred.com, the A's claimed Rodney on waivers and were able to work out the trade with the Twins.
The A's will pay the remainder of Rodney's 2018 salary, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.
A’s claimed Rodney, then worked out the trade with Twins. Good to see Oakland going for it. That’s quite a bullpen they have now.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 10, 2018
Per source A’s assume all of Rodney’s remaining money— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) August 10, 2018
Rodney has $1.19 million left on his deal plus $250K buyout on 2019 club option. One game finished from triggering next $300K bonus— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) August 10, 2018