Marlins closer Fernando Rodney, Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz and Astros reliever Pat Neshek are currently available in trades, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. All three players have club options for next season, and the teams have until five days after the World Series to make those decisions.
Teams who hold questionable club options on players usually explore trade scenarios this time of year, with a recent example coming in the form of the Marco Estrada-for-Adam Lind swap two years ago between the Brewers and Blue Jays.
Rodney, who struggled with the Marlins after being acquired from the Padres over the summer, is owed either a $4.5 million club option or $400k buyout. He may appeal to clubs looking for back-end relief help, though may come at a price cheaper than $4.5 million on the free-agent market.
Ruiz, who turns 38 this winter, is also owed $4.5 million if his option is picked up, with a buyout of $500k being owed if the option is declined. The veteran catcher, who was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers in a waiver-wire deal, will draw interest this winter and has been seen as a candidate to return to Los Angeles.
Neshek’s option is worth $6.5 million (or a $500k buyout), with Houston considering exercising it after the righty posting a 3.06 ERA in 47 innings over 60 appearances. The 36-year old originally signed a 2-year, $12.5 million deal with Houston two winters ago.