Athletics acquire Fernando Rodney from Twins
Hannah Foslien / Getty Images Sport / Getty

The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor-league righty Dakota Chalmers, the team announced Thursday.

Rodney has made 46 relief appearances this season, recording 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA over 43.2 innings. The 41-year-old is the latest piece acquired to bolster Oakland's bullpen, as the Athletics have also added Jeurys Familia from the New York Mets and Shawn Kelley from the Washington Nationals in recent weeks.

Chalmers, meanwhile, has tossed just five innings with Single-A Beloit this season. The 21-year-old was selected by the Athletics in the third round of the 2015 draft.

Entering Thursday's schedule, the Athletics held a three-game lead on the second wild-card spot in the American League, and trailed the West-leading Houston Astros by five games.

Athletics acquire Fernando Rodney from Twins
  Got something to say? Leave a comment below!
Bat drop.MP4
Dodgers' Muncy drills game-tying HR in 9th
Ohtani in a pinch.
Ohtani blows game wide open with 3-run HR
Rally 🧢 on!
Dodgers stage late rally vs. Mariners with 8th-inning HRs from Turner, Bellinger
Puig throws glove down in frustration after failing to catch foul ball
3 runs in the 9th, 2 in the 10th. Tonight the @Rockies refu...
Rockies' LeMahieu seals 3rd straight victory vs. Braves with HR to deep center
Canada gave up a game-tying home run in the 6th inning of an...
Canadian Little Leaguer tips cap to opponent after surrendering game-tying HR
It’s Trevor Time in 3...2...1... #HOFfman
Hoffman immortalized with statue outside Petco Park
Hitters want nun of this: Sister delivers perfect strike before White Sox game
Is there still a chance a team could grab Bryce Harper or Da...
Harper, Murphy unlikely to be traded despite being placed on revocable trade waivers
I just hate that J.D. signing, Mike!
J.D. clobbers No. 38
"Can Jim Thome be the hero one more time?" No one has hit m...
Indians retire Thome's No. 25
Storytime with @TheCUTCH22 is straight comedy 😂
McCutchen continues to deliver comedy 🔥 in latest video
Giancarlo Stanton HOME RUN. Exit Velo: 105.9 Distance: 412 ...
Another day, another dinger for Stanton