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Astros Purchase Contract of Veteran Reliever Fernando Rodney

July 31, 2020 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Sugar Land Skeeters News Release

Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney
Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney
(Sugar Land Skeeters)

(SUGAR LAND, TEXAS). - The Sugar Land Skeeters today announced that the Houston Astros purchased the contract of veteran Major League right-hander Fernando Rodney from the Constellation Energy League.

Rodney becomes the first-ever player to have his contract purchased from the Constellation Energy League. He made one appearance in the league, coming on July 26, throwing a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout to finish out a 5-0 win for Team Skeeters over the Sugar Land Lightning Sloths.

The 33-year-old has 17 seasons of Major League experience and has been selected to three MLB All-Star Games. He was a member of the Washington Nationals last season, winners of the World Series, and made three appearances during the World Series. He also appeared in the 2006 World Series with the Detroit Tigers.

Rodney has appeared in 951 games throughout his Major League career, going 48-71 with a 3.80 ERA and 327 saves. He currently ranks 17th all-time in Major League Baseball history with his 327 saves. He was selected as the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year and Delivery Man of the Year after setting his career-high of 48 saves with the Tampa Bay Rays, logging a 0.60 ERA through 70 appearances. He led the American League with 48 saves in 2014 while with the Seattle Mariners.

The Constellation Energy League features four professional baseball teams, including Team Texas, managed by Roger and Koby Clemens, Team Skeeters, managed by College Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Pete Incaviglia, the Sugar Land Lightning Sloths, managed by College Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Greg Swindell, and the Eastern Reyes del Tigre, managed by former Major League pitching coach, Dave Eiland. The four teams will play a combined total of 56 games, all at Constellation Field, from July 10 - Aug .30.

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