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Cubs acquire struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from Mariners

Apr 28, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Mariners won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 28, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Mariners won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The playoff-contending Chicago Cubs have acquired struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from the Seattle Mariners for cash.

The trade was announced Thursday.

The 38-year-old Rodney had been designated for assignment by Seattle last Sunday.

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Rodney was 5-5 and had gone 16 for 22 in save chances this season. The right-hander had a 5.68 ERA in 54 games.

Rodney was an AL All-Star closer last year when he posted a Mariners-record 48 saves.