Today the San Diego Padres dealt closer Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins for farmhand Chris Paddack — the 17th best prospect in the Marlins’ system according to MLB Pipeline. Entering today, Paddack was 2-0 in six starts with a 0.95 ERA (1.55 FIP) and a 46.9% K-BB% in 28.1 IP for the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. For the Padres, that means Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer will likely battle it out for ninth-inning duties. Word on the street suggests that Ryan Buchter will get the first crack at the closer role, but General Manager A.J. Preller indicated via conference call that he will defer to manager Andy Green to formally name a replacement for Rodney.
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