Fernando Rodney has played for four different organizations over the past two seasons, taking him on a loop of the country with home games in Miami, Chicago, Seattle and San Diego. His stint with the Padres was classier than Ron Burgundy, with just one earned run and only 13 hits allowed in 28.2 innings of work. Rodney was untouchable, but whatever mojo he had going completely disappeared once he left San Diego. In 36.2 innings after the trade to Miami, Rodney gave up 24 earned runs, five home runs and more than a hit per inning. Rodney now carries the Proven Closer label, though, and he'll slide right into that role atop an otherwise uncertain Diamondbacks bullpen. Chase Field is a dangerous park to pitch in, and whether he helps or hurts a fantasy ballclub in the ratio categories is a dicey question, with the answer possibly changing on a week-to-week basis. Still, at some point in a fantasy draft, saves find a desperate suitor, who's happy to buy them regardless of the dangers ahead. Rodney again could wind up a huge bargain if prospective owners can swallow the risk.
Rodney is in the process of having his citizenship status reviewed, making it unclear when he will report to spring training, Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports reports. Although this may seem a bit concerning, the Diamondbacks have come out and said they aren't concerned about this development. As long as everything goes as planned, Rodney should assume the closer role as soon as he sets foot at the Diamondbacks facility at Talking Stick.
Rodney will not be in spring training until later this week due to visa issues, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports. This is a minor hiccup in the veteran's offseason procedure, and he'll likely get back on track once he arrives in Arizona later in the week. Rodney is in line to be the closer for the Diamondbacks this season, and this delay should do nothing to change that.
Rodney agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, FanRag Sports reports. He will have a chance to earn a lot more than the $2.75 million base salary -- the deal is said to many incentives -- while serving as the Diamondbacks' closer. Rodney was excellent during the first half of 2016, posting a minuscule 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances with San Diego en route to an All-Star berth. It was a different story after his trade to Miami (5.89 ERA) as his walk rate skyrocketed, but Rodney, who turns 40 in March, has plenty of closing experience. He has a reputation for making things interesting late in games, but Rodney keeps the ball on the ground with consistency and still misses bats at a good clip.
Rodney's $2 million option for 2017 was declined by the Marlins on Thursday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Frisaro suggests the Marlins may have entertained the base $2 million salary Rodney was owed in 2017, but his bonuses could earn him up to $2.5 million, a figure the team was uncomfortable with. The veteran reliever will turn 40 before the start of next season and may be nearing the end of his road in the majors, but a phenomenal first half of the season with the Padres could keep some teams interested. However, he posted a 5.89 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with the Marlins that could make the veteran a risky add to a bullpen.
Rodney blew a save opportunity Sunday versus the Indians, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while recording just two outs. Rodney was rather wild Sunday, as just 13 of his 26 pitches found the strike zone as he squandered a two-run lead. He was scored upon twice in his previous outing, and the five earned runs in just 1.2 innings of work have inflated his ERA nearly a full run to 2.81. Rodney has still blown just three saves in 28 chances this season and will look to put his recent struggles behind him moving forward.