The Miami Marlins today announced that they have acquired RHP Fernando Rodney from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor-league RHP Chris Paddack. The announcement was made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill.
Rodney, 39, leads all Major League relievers this season with a 0.31 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 28.2 innings of work. His .137 (13x95) average against also leads the Majors among qualified relievers, and he is a perfect 17-for-17 in save chances this season.
The Samana, Dominican Republic native is a two-time All-Star, making the Midsummer Classic in 2014 with Seattle and 2012 with Tampa Bay. In 2012, he was also the MLB Delivery Man of the Year and the MLB Comeback Player of the Year after setting a Major League record for a relief pitcher with a 0.60 ERA (74.2/5) while recording a career-high 48 saves, second in the Majors to Jim Johnson (51) that season.
Rodney led the Majors and tied his career high with 48 saves in 2014. He has 166 saves since the start of 2012, second only to Craig Kimbrel (194) in that time. He has a 2.56 ERA in 309 appearances over that span, and a .210 average against. Rodney ranks fifth among active relievers in career saves (253), behind only Francisco Rodriguez (407), Joe Nathan (377), Jonathan Papelbon (365), and Huston Street (322).
Paddack, 20, was selected by the Marlins in the eighth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He went 4-3, 2.18 in 11 appearances (seven starts) for the GCL Marlins last year, and was 2-0, 0.95 in six starts this season with Single-A Greensboro.