Diamondbacks lose Fernando Rodney to the Minnesota Twins

After the winter meetings, the Diamondbacks didn’t manage to make a significant move. Fernando Rodney left the team and signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins. The contract contains an option for 2019.

He will earn about $4.5 million plus up to $1.5 million in bonuses. That’s significantly more than what he made at the Diamondbacks: $2.75 million. You might think this sum is quite a lot and you’d never be able to make so much money unless you’re good at professional sports.

Back to Rodney, he started as an amateur free agent in 1997 when he was signed by the Detroit Tigers. He stuck with them for 4 years in the minor league, playing afterward with the big boys. In 2009, Rodney left the Tigers after a 2-year hiatus from 2003 to 2005 due to an injury. After going through several MLB teams, he ended up with the Diamondbacks in 2017, for whom he converted 39 of 45 chances, achieving a 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. Together with Archie Bradley, they formed a great back-end combo.

Other transfers

The manager of the Diamondbacks, Mike Hazen, said that the meetings seemed to be quiet but under the surface, there was some tension. Still, he’s confident he will find the right transfers. They spoke with several clubs about players like Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin, but nothing came through. Hazen stated that the team still has multiple offers out to free-agent relievers.

As for Greinke, it’s quite unlikely that the transfer will take place, given the financial implications. This leaves Corbin, the more probable choice, that is if the team will trade a starter after all.

During the winter meetings, one of the Diamondbacks middle fielders, Brandon Drury has drawn some interest. A source from a rival club stated that the team is willing to have talks about any infielder, except for Ketel Marte.

Detroit Tigers took one of their outfielders, Victor Reyes. The Diamond Backs lost another player, Albert Suarez who ended up signing with the Giants after Hazen tried to get him into a minor league deal. The Cincinnati Reds took someone from the Diamondbacks too, the right-hander Brad Keller. Still, he didn’t stick with them, ending up at the Kansas City Royals.