Today went from sucky to confusing. The Chicago Cubs lost their first series of at least three games in almost a month to the San Francisco Giants in blow out fashion and then they made a trade with the Seattle Mariners. The target? Fernando Rodney.
Cubs acquire F. Rodney from Seattle for PTBNL. Will join pen Friday. Rosscup optioned. Schlitter DFAd to make room on 40-man
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) August 27, 2015
Yes, Rodney is the man with the animated celebration after he completes a save where he mocks shooting a bow and arrow into the sky. Granted, the bullpen needs some help after Jason Motte went on the disabled list, but I am not sure that bringing him to the Cubs will do too much to help. Personally, I would much rather have Hector Rondon closing out games, as he has been pretty solid this year.
Rodney has not been bad, as he has saved 16 of his 22 chances, but his ugly ERA in the fives and WHIP of 1.5 does not give me much hope that he will be much help. This has the smell of a desperation move after losing Motte who was one of the more dependable late inning pitchers the Cubs have had this year, even with his up and down struggles. You might also be able to thank Joe Maddon for this move, as the two of them were together with the Tampa Bay Rays, though the last former Ray who pitched under Maddon was nothing short of a disaster; remember Rafael Soriano?
I know that the Cubs want as many pitchers with late inning experience as they can get, but Soriano and now Rodney may not be the answer to the Cubs late inning problems. Whether I like the deal or not, the deal is done. Rodney is a Cub and will be joining the team in Los Angeles.
He has had a history of success, so perhaps a change of scenery will turn his crap season into one that will actually help the team close out games and keep the opposition from scoring late in game. Maddon seems to think so.
#Cubs Maddon on Rodney: “I know he had trouble or struggled a bit this year but I’m eager to see him in person and find out what’s going on”
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 27, 2015
But I am not holding my breath on this one.