Fernando Rodney started off 2015 as the Mariners' closer, and despite persistent struggles, he kept the role into late May. He hung around in a setup role, but in late August, the M's shipped Rodney off to the Cubs. After a season in which he posted a 4.74 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, you might think Rodney's closing days should be over, but the Padres beg to differ. They signed him as a free agent and have made him the frontrunner to be their closer on opening day. Rodney is clearly a risky bet for saves, but his presumed role makes him worth drafting as a No. 3 reliever in mixed leagues.
Rodney was taken out of a Caribbean Series game earlier this week as a precautionary measure after feeling some leg tightness, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports. This came a day after the Padres agreed to terms with Rodney to presumably get the first crack at closing for them this year. In three games this month for the Dominican Republic he has allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out five. There is no reason to believe the injury is anything serious, but it's worth noting as spring training approaches.
Manager A.J. Preller indicated Thursday that Rodney continues to display velocity consistent with previous seasons, and currently appears to be the favorite for the closer job, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The 38-year-old reliever struggled in the role with the Mariners last season, but was eventually moved to the Cubs and finished the season strong (0.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 12 innings). Preller said that there's been "nothing promised" to Rodney, indicating he'll still likely need to earn the job in spring training. However, it appears he'll enter camp in the driver's spot for the role, with Kevin Quackenbush considered the top alternate to serve in that capacity should Rodney fail to impress in spring training.
Rodney agreed to a one-year deal with Padres on Wednesday that includes an option year in 2017 and could be worth up to $7 million in 2016 with performance bonuses, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. The veteran Rodney was a former closer with the Mariners before losing the job due to poor performance. As a result, the Padres decided to go with an incentivized deal that will pay dividends to both parties if he pitches well. He and Kevin Quakenbush will likely compete for the job out of spring training, and there's a shot that he could wind up closing out games again in 2016.
The Mariners have dispatched veteran reliever and former closer Fernando Rodney to the Cubs for a player to be named, per the Chicago Sun-Times. He had been designated for assignment Saturday. The 38-year-old Rodney has seemingly run out of gas this season. He owns a 5.68 ERA in 50 2/3 innings. He has tossed just one clean inning since Aug. 4.
Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney was designated for assignment following Saturday's loss to the White Sox. Rodney, who signed a two-year deal with the Mariners prior to the 2014 season, has really struggled in 2015. In 54 appearances, the right-hander posted a hefty 5.68 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP in 50 2/3 innings. He struck out just 7.6 batters per nine innings, his lowest mark since 2011. Rodney has been particularly bad in the month of August. In 10 outings this month, he owns a 6.23 ERA. In 2012, Rodney finished fifth in the American League Cy Young award voting, when he saved 48 games and posted a miniscule 0.60 ERA with the Rays.