On Thursday evening, the Oakland Athletics announced that they’ve even further bolstered one of the most dominant bullpens in the major leagues, with the acquisition of Fernando Rodney.
The A’s got the Minnesota right-hander in exchange for minor league righty Dakota Chalmers, and can, with Jeurys Familia, Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino, effectively shorten games to five innings.
Already with the fourth-best bullpen ERA in the majors, the A’s add the 41-year old two-time All-Star, who owns 325 career saves (17th all time), including 89 in the last two seasons.
Rodney is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA (15 ER, 43 2/3 IP) with 50 strikeouts in 46 relief appearances for the Twins this season. He has averaged over 10.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 2018, and has averaged over 10.0 in five of the last six seasons.
Since May 1, Rodney is is 22-for-25 in save opportunities with a 2.50 ERA (10 ER, 36 IP) and a .224 opponent average (30-for-134) in 37 games.
A former third-round pick by the A’s, Chalmers, 21, was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 5.0 IP) in two games, including one start with Single-A Beloit this season. In four minor league seasons in the Oakland organization, he is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA, with 137 strikeouts in 38 games, including 30 starts.