Fernando Rodney brings more than just bow and arrow to A’s clubhouse

ANAHEIM — This is a new situation for Fernando Rodney. Though he’s racked up 325 saves over 16 big league seasons, Rodney won’t be closing games for the A’s. Heck, he might not even pitch in the eighth or seventh inning. And that’s fine with him.

Rodney will gladly sacrifice not being a closer with the A’s for a chance to pitch in the postseason for the fifth time in his career, something that was impossible with the dead in the water Minnesota Twins. Like most contributors on this surprise A’s squad that finds itself in the lead for the second American League wild card spot, he just wants help out however he can.

“Whatever role they give me I’m gonna try to do my job to help the team win,” Rodney said. “I’ve been closing in the past, but the situation for me right now is not about when I’m gonna pitch, just try to help this team get to the postseason.”

The right-hander was a bit surprised to learn of the trade, which he didn’t find out about until Thursday night after the Twins lost to the Cleveland Indians. Rodney had figured since the rumors that swirled near the trade deadline never came to fruition that he would stick around with Minnesota the rest of the season.

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But it was a good surprise. Rodney has kept an eye on the club from afar, aware of the noise they’ve been making as the best club in baseball since June 16 with a record of 34-11.

“They’ve got a lot of energy, they’re hungry and they want to win,” Rodney said. “It’s a good team. The way they play baseball right now, they’re dangerous. Nobody in this …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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