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Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:42 am
By Matt Snyder

The latest bullpen reclamation project in Tampa Bay? Walk-plagued Fernando Rodney. The 34-year-old right-hander will sign a one-year contract worth $2 million with the Rays either Wednesday or Thursday,'s Jon Heyman has learned.

Rodney has been a late-innings reliever throughout his career with flashes of promise. He's always had a good strikeout rate and sometimes it's been outstanding (10.9 K/9 in 2008). Rodney's also saved 87 games in his career. However, he just can't stay out of his own way, allowing far too many baserunners (career 1.46 WHIP). Last season, it got worse, as he walked 28 hitters while striking out just 26 in 32 innings. He also hit three batters and threw two wild pitches. Poor control has led to a 4.29 career ERA and a 4.50 mark last season. Advanced stats (FIP, xFIP, WAR) show Rodney was even worse last season than those numbers indicate, too.


Then again, we've seen the Rays turn things around for struggling relievers before. Last season's biggest example was Kyle Farnsworth. Rodney certainly won't be the closer or initially leaned upon as strictly an eighth-inning guy. He'll just be in the mix late with the likes of Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and J.P. Howell.

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:47 am

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

The Rays have been Rodneyed!  I'll never forget the last days of that season a few years back.  Friends asked me if I was excited about the Tigers going to the playoffs.  My answer was, "They aren't there yet and as long as it doesn't come down to Fernando Rodney on the mound with less than a two run lead we might just make it."  A couple of days later he put the Twins in the playoffs.  My brother in law sent me an autographed Rodney card and I still call it "getting Rodneyed".  Any Rays fans who want that card, make me an offer.

Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:21 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

What a brilliant move on the part of Tampa's GM. I am a huge Detroit Tiger fan and have always known that Rodney is a hard thrower. In fact, his control is the only problem that he has. And after watching him for several years, I have figured out what no pitching coach has. If you can just get him to wear his hat straight, the ball will follow! What is so hard about that? And before you idiots respond, listen to the sarcasm in my words. Rodney Sucks!!

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:27 pm
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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:36 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

First pricklypete, the genius comment was a testament to the great work the Rays front office has done. Second, I realize they have a great track record of bringing cast-offs into the fold and turning them into contributors which is why I said it wouldn't work "this time". I don't assume to be at the level of talent evaluation of the Rays scouts, however I think I know enough about baseball, Rodney, and pitching in general to weigh in on a move.

For anyone who knows Rodney (do you?), he is a WHIP nightmare. Nasty stuff, but constantly shoots himself in the foot. Lifetime ERA of well over 4.

By the way, jealousy is a stinky cologne. You will make it 27-1 in rings soon enough (probably more like 30-1 by then).

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:54 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

After watching him in Detroit for years, I can only tell the Tampa fans to avoid having anything they cherish anywhere near the television because it is sure to become a projectile towards the nearest wall.

 Rodney may have a flaming fastball at times, but his biggest problem is he ALWAYS carries a can of gasoline to the mound with him. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:13 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

For years I BEGGED the Tigers to get rid of this cancer. Since MLB teams now routinely pass out $2-million contracts like candy the Rays aren't taking much of a risk here. But eventually they'll find out what the Tigers and now the Angels already know... when a game is on the line you don't want this fire starter anywhere near the mound.
His favorite trick is to immediately put the tying runs on base and then let them score. He's a "vulture" not a "savior." Good luck Rays fans but lower your expectations.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:05 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

Anyone doubting the Ray's ability to revive the careers of castoffs need to look at Casey Kotchman and Kyle Farnsworth from last year. 

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:43 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

This move seems to be focused on next year instead of this one. They obviously think they can fix him, but it may take a season and they can platoon him in mean time. With Farnsworth and Peralta's contracts up after this year, they are going to need a new setup man and closer. If they can fix him, they have a cheap setup man. If not, they can buy him out and it only cost them 2mil total.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:32 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

As a Rays fan, I wonder how they can pay him the same salary as Evan Longoria made last year? The 2 million payoff is almost four times what they are paying Matt Joyce, one of their key players. I realize that the bullpen struggled much of last year, but this is more than a stretch it's downright profligate!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:09 pm

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

Sorry Rays but this one won't work out for you. This guy is a B-U-M. Genius and good management only goes so far, not even Maddon can turn this bum into a quality middle reliever.
I don't think that the Rays would use him much, I think that he be used when the team is losing and have little chance of coming back.

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