Fernando Rodney agrees to sign with Mariners
The Mariners have agreed to sign closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million deal, per multiple reports.
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.
Any teams still looking for a reliever with closing experience would now be forced to turn to Francisco Rodriguez.
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