CHICAGO —Veteran closer Fernando Rodney is heading to the Chicago Cubs and a possible role in a postseason chase..
The Mariners traded Rodney to the Cubs for unspecified cash considerations. The Cubs began Thursday with a 3 1/2-game lead for the National League’s final wild-card berth.
The move reunites Rodney, 38, with manager Joe Maddon, his former skipper at Tampa Bay. Rodney spent two seasons with the Rays before signing a two-year deal with Mariners prior to the 2014 season.
The Mariners designated Rodney for assignment last Saturday and remain obligated for the balance of his $7 million salary for season. The cash received from the Cubs will help defray that expense.
Rodney was an All-Star in 2014 when he led the majors with 48 saves, but he slumped badly this season and surrendered his duty as the club’s closer in early June. He had a 5.68 ERA in 54 games when designated for assignment.