According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the Marlins do not plan to exercise the 2017 club option on Fernando Rodney’s contract, making him a free agent. If the option was exercised, the Marlins would have owed Rodney $4.5 million in 2017.
#Marlins do not plan to exercise Rodney’s option, per @flasportsbuzz. #Dodgers’ Ruiz expendable with team wanting Barnes to back up Grandal.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 31, 2016
Rodney came to Miami in July of this season in a trade that sent right-handed pitching prospect Chris Paddack to the Padres in return. He is a candidate to be traded, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Some players with club options available in trade, per sources: #Dodgers’ Ruiz ($4.5M); #Astros’ Neshek ($6.5M); #Marlins’ Rodney ($4.5M).— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 31, 2016
Rodney was dominant at the time of the trade, having allowed only one earned run and posting a minuscule 0.872 WHIP in 28 2⁄3 innings pitched as San Diego’s closer. After being acquired by the Marlins, however, Rodney struggled as he bounced in and out of the closer role due to the injury to A.J. Ramos. Rodney pitched to an ERA of 5.89 and allowed 41 hits in 36 2⁄3 innings pitched with the Marlins.
Rodney will now add to the already talented group of closers available in the free agent market this offseason.