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Mariners agree to two-year, $14 million deal with Fernando Rodney


By on 2/06/2014 05:57:00 PM

Right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney was drawing interest from the New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, and Baltimore Orioles this offseason. He was coming off of a good season for the Tampa Bay Rays and was a solid late inning option for them.

Rodney is now leaving the Rays, as he has agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Mariners, according to Jonah Keri of Grantland. He can earn up to $15 million with incentives.

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With the Mariners, Rodney is expected to become the teams closer, moving Danny Farquhar into a set-up role. Paying Rodney an average of seven million seems a bit steep, but it fills a need for them. Here is a good scouting report on Rodney from Michael Baron of Mets Blog

"Like most closers, Rodney mainly has just two pitches – a hard fastball and change-up, but his awkward delivery can make his change-up much more deceptive to opposing hitters. He was mostly erratic during his time with the Tigers and Angels, but he found himself while pitching under Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey with the Rays, and was incredible in 2012 thanks to only walking 15 batters in 66 2/3 innings. His walks crept back up in 2013, especially during the first half when he issued 25 walks in only 40 1/3 innings, but he pitched much better in the second half last year."
 Last season with the Rays, Rodney went 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and a 82/36 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

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