The Marlins are close to announcing a trade acquiring closer Fernando Rodney. They are reportedly offering up “a good A-ball prospect.”
Rodney, 39, is in the midst of his latest rebound campaign, having posted a sparkling 0.31 ERA with 10.4 K/9, 3.8 BB/9 and a career-best 59 percent ground-ball rate in 28 2/3 innings as San Diego’s closer. He’s saved 17 games for the Friars, but he may be ticketed for setup duties with the Fish, as Miami’s A.J. Ramos has had a strong season of his own. The 29-year-old Ramos has posted a 1.74 ERA and averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings, although he’s also seen his control abandon him somewhat in 2016, as he’s averaging a somewhat troublesome 5.2 walks per nine innings.
The Marlins are currently 5.5 games back from first place in the NL East and .5 games head for the final Wild Card spot.
Update: It appear the prospect that San Diego received in return was Chris Paddack who a lot of people seem to be very high on.