Diamondbacks reportedly add sign-and-flip candidate Fernando Rodney
It worked for the Padres last year, so why not?
Under a completely new leadership group, one can expect the Arizona Diamondbacks to do some reshuffling in the offseason. Sometimes, that includes finding ways to deepen the farm system in creative ways. One of those is grabbing a player on a one-year deal that could possibly land something of value in front of the trade deadline.
It worked last year for the Padres. Rodney was 17 of 17 in save chances with a 0.31 ERA and 0.87 WHIP before he was traded. He ended up being pretty terrible for the Marlins. In return, the Padres got right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack, who posted a 0.85 ERA in 42 1/3 innings in Class A last season. It remains to be seen how he turns out as he progresses, but they weren't doing anything with Rodney anyway.
The Diamondbacks surely aren't done shaping their roster, but at this point Rodney appears to be in line to close games in 2017. And if he has a start to the season like last year, they could end up with a nice piece to flip in June or July.