Felix Rodriguez has helped anchor San Francisco’s bullpen for six seasons. Now, the Giants will have to adjust to life without him.
The Giants also received minor league pitcher Alfredo Simon from Philadelphia in return for Rodriguez, who is 3-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 53 appearances this season. Rodriguez won a career-best nine games and had a career-low 1.68 ERA in 2001. He went 8-6 with a 4.17 ERA in 2002, but helped San Francisco reach the World Series for the first time since 1989.
“It hurts to see good friends go,” Giants pitcher Kirk Rueter said. “We would not have been anywhere without Felix. He was the best setup man for three years in a row. He’s been great for us since he’s been here.”
Ledee, used primarily as a bench player for the Phillies, is batting .285 with seven homers and 26 RBIs.
“We all know we need help in the outfield and he can play all three positions,” San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean said of Ledee. “Quite frankly, we are below .500 against right-handers and hopefully he can help with that.”
Sabean said that the Giants might make some more moves before Saturday’s deadline. They certainly need to shore up their shaky bullpen.
“We are still working in earnest in that area,” he said. “It will play itself out before game time tomorrow one way or the other. We’re close on a lot of things and we won’t turn our backs on a position player.”
The Giants lost 7-4 to the Cardinals on Friday for their third straight defeat and seventh in 10 games.