Fernando Rodney agrees to sign with Mariners

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Fernando Rodney is headed to Seattle.
Fernando Rodney is headed to Seattle. (USATSI)

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign free agent closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million deal, Jon Heyman has confirmed. The was first reported by Jonah Keri of Grantland.

Rodney, 36, was unbelievable for the Rays in 2012 when he closed 48 games in 50 chances with a 0.60 ERA (641 OPS+!). He took a step backward last season, though, when he went 37 for 45 in save chances with a 3.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. He was excellent in September, though, with a 0.82 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.

Rodney will slide in immediately as the Mariners closer in all likelihood, with Danny Farquhar and Tom Wilhelmsen getting setup duty.

Any teams still looking for a reliever with closing experience would now be forced to turn to Francisco Rodriguez.

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