After the Seattle Mariners designated RHP Fernando Rodney for assignment on August 23, the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal to acquire Rodney for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Rodney has struggled mightily this season and his time in Seattle was coming to an end as his contract expired after this season.
In 50.2 innings pitched in 2015, Rodney had a record of 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and a 43:25 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Back in early June, the closer’s role was revoked from him as his struggles were costing the team some wins because of his six blown saves. In total, Rodney had 16 saves. Rodney had 48 saves just last year, one of the best relief seasons in Mariners history.
Rodney is expected to be in the Cubs bullpen for their weekend series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers starting Friday. The Cubs have needed bullpen help and Rodney, if he can turn it around, can help fill that void.
Rodney previously pitched for manager Joe Maddon when in Tampa bay for the Rays in 2012 and 2013 and they will reunite now in Chicago. His role will probably be as a middle inning reliever, but this could work out well for the Cubs if Rodney can find more in the tank.
Could we see more arrows being shot on the north side of Chicago at Wrigley Field?