The A's had a decision to make this offseason. They could have either picked up Fernando Rodney's $5.25 million option or bought him out for $250K.
In this case, Oakland went the more expensive route. And that has clearly backfired.
Rodney was designated for assignment Saturday, the team announced. Reliever Wei-Chung Wang was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move.
The A's have designated Fernando Rodney for assignment and selected Wei-Chung Wang from Las Vegas.— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) May 25, 2019
Rodney, 42, was 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in 17 appearances out of the bullpen this season. He had 14 strikeouts and 12 walks in 14 1/3 innings pitched.
Spoke with Fernando Rodney about his DFA. Classy guy. “I had a very good time. It’s a very good group of people here, good teammates. I think it’s best for me and the organization, too, because I haven’t had too many chances to pitch and help the team.” #athletics— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) May 25, 2019
Wang, 27, has come out of the bullpen 16 times for the Aviators this season. The lefty is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA.
The A's signed Wang to a minor league contract in January. He has a 11.09 ERA over 22 games in his big league career.