The Miami Marlins have decided to decline the team option on the contract of closer Fernando Rodney. As a result, the team will pay a $400,000 buyout.
Rodney was acquired by the Marlins from the San Diego Padres at the deadline when closer A.J. Ramos got hurt. With the Padres, Rodney was borderline un-hittable. Rodney was 14-for-14 in save opportunities and owned a 0.31 ERA.
In 28 and 1/3 innings pitched, Rodney allowed only two runs. However, when the Marlins acquired Rodney he was a completely different pitcher. His ERA soared all the way up to 5.89, and he blew three of his eleven saves.
Rodney has been inconsistent before, as in 2015 he was horrid with the Mariners (5.68 ERA in 50 innings) and then he found himself after being traded to the Cubs (0.75 ERA in 12 innings). The Marlins will now likely depend on a back end of the bullpen with a combination of Kyle Barraclough and A.J. Ramos.