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Rodney rejoins Maddon with trade to Cubs

Fernando Rodney was an All-Star closer with the Rays.
Fernando Rodney was an All-Star closer with the Rays.
Published Aug. 28, 2015

The Mariners traded RH closer Fernando Rodney to the Cubs in exchange for cash considerations Thursday, reuniting the former Rays All-Star with manager Joe Maddon.

Seattle had designated Rodney, 38, for assignment Saturday night and had 10 days to trade or release him.

Rodney joins a Chicago team that would be the second wild card team if the season ended today.

The Cubs bullpen has been inconsistent for much of the season, searching for middle relief help. They traded for Yoervis Medina earlier and signed free agent Rafael Soriano, another former Ray, in June. Medina has pitched mostly in the minors this season. Soriano made six appearances and posted a 6.53 ERA in 52/3 innings before being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Rodney was with Maddon in Tampa Bay from 2012-13. He was an All-Star in 2012, saving 48 games, and had a falloff the next season.

A-Rod lawsuit: Alex Rodriguez's former brother-in-law filed a $100 million suit in Miami state court Wednesday alleging, among other charges, breach of contract and fraud over multiple business ventures with the Yankees designated hitter. The suit was filed by attorneys for Constantine Scurtis, the younger brother of Cynthia Rodriguez, who was divorced from the ballplayer in 2008. The suit, originally filed in January, was amended to include additional claims. The action alleges that Scurtis did not receive his share of the proceeds when Rodriguez no longer wanted to partner with him after the divorce. Rodriguez is accused in court papers with breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, civil conspiracy, unjust enrichment and tortious interference.

Cubs: OF Dexter Fowler was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day because of a left shin contusion from fouling a ball off his leg.

ORIOLES: CF Adam Jones left the game soon after crashing into the wall pursuing a fly ball in the first. Jones stayed down for a few minutes then finished the inning. There was no word on the nature or severity of the injury.

REDS: Cincinnati turned five double plays in a game for the first time since April 8, 2003, at Houston. The franchise record is six, on June 20, 1925, at New York against the Giants and on May 1, 1955, in a 16-inning game also in New York against the Giants.

Tigers: RHP Shane Greene was scheduled to have season-ending surgery Thursday in Dallas to repair a weakened blood vessel in his right shoulder that has pressed against a nerve, causing numbness in his pitching hand. Greene should be ready for offseason conditioning and spring training.