The San Diego Padres traded what was one of the few bright spots for them in 2016 in closer Fernando Rodney on Thursday afternoon.
Rodney, 39, leads the MLB with a 0.31 ERA and a .137 opponent’s batting average, and was a perfect 17 for 17 in save opportunities this season for the Padres, giving up his only earned run on June 21 against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Padres acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack from the Miami Marlins in the trade, a high-valued prospect with some very impressive stats of his own. At Class A Greensboro for the Marlins this season, Paddack has allowed just 3 earned runs in 28.1 innings pitched, good for a 0.95 ERA.
Despite his short stint in San Diego, Rodney tweeted out the following after the trade was made public: