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RodneyWith Spring Training just around the corner, the Seattle Mariners are still not done acquiring players. Jonah Keri was first to report Thursday afternoon the M’s and free agent right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney have agreed on a two-year, $14 million contract, with an additional $1 million possible in incentives.

This signing likely means Rodney will be the new Seattle closer, with right-hander Danny Farquhar providing insurance in that role. Rodney closed for the Tampa Bay Rays the past two seasons. He produced a career year in 2012, saving 48 games in 50 chances, compiling a 0.60 ERA and 5.07 K/BB, and finishing 13th in the American League Most Valuable Player race. The right-hander came down to Earth a bit last season, as he struggled with his command at times, walking 36 batters in 66 2/3 innings pitched. Yet, Rodney still converted 37-of-45 save opportunities.

The 36-year-old Rodney will also provide a much-needed right-handed veteran option in a bullpen where the elder statesman is currently Charlie Furbush, a left-hander.

This deal also follows the pattern of free-agent closers receiving two-year contracts this offseason. Rodney’s former team, the Rays, signed Grant Balfour to a two-year, $12 million contract, while the Detroit Tigers snagged former Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan for two-years, $20 million.

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Alex Gallant

Alex was born and raised in the Seattle area and has been following the Mariners since his youth. He is currently studying broadcast journalism at Arizona State University and is an aspiring play-by-play broadcaster. He currently broadcasts women’s basketball and baseball for PAC-12 Network webcasts and has worked with ESPN, NASCAR and the Seattle Mariners Radio Network.

17 thoughts on “Report: M’s ink Rodney

  1. Edman says:

    You are correct.

  2. Shawnuel says:

    I’m assuming this was in response to mgvernon? Seems like the other posts here are pretty positive.

  3. Shawnuel says:

    ” Signing Cruz would undermine that.” How do you get “negate” from Undermine? I think Jerry is right. Signing a bad player does, to some extent, undermine the good, low risk/medium-high reward moves (And the Cano and Rodney signings) Seattle has made this off-season. It doesn’t nagate them and Jerry didn’t say them. Edman, meet strawman.

  4. Edman says:

    Exactly right. You can’t plan for bad luck, and Seattle had more than its share last year.

  5. Edman says:

    You use to use reasonable thought in your posts. Now, you’re just full of negative, emotional reactions.

    unless I missed something, we haven’t even gone into Spring Training. There are many FA players that remain unsigned. And, Jack will likely be making traded before the opening bell.

    It’s a lot like doing a book review without reading the pages.

    You’re better than this.

  6. Edman says:

    Really, signing negates all the positive changes that have been made, because he’s so horrible that its negative impact is sooooooooooo overhwhelming? I find that hard to believe.

  7. Jerry says:

    I completely disagree.

    Bullpens are fickle, and the M’s were bitten by some really bad luck last year. Even if they did nothing, I think the pen will be a lot better.

    Right now, we’ve got a good group of arms:


    Thats a lot of good arms. I wouldn’t be surprised in Perez comes back, too.

    Plus a good crop of new candidates:
    Carson Smith (love sidearmers!)
    Dominic Leone (big sleeper)
    Bobby LaFramboise
    Logan Bawcom
    Chance Ruffin
    Mark Rogers (great NRI)

    Every year, one or two guys come out of nowhere and surprises everyone. That person is probably on the list above.

    Plus, we will have a group of pitchers competing for three spots in the rotation, including Scott Baker, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Brandon Maurer, and Erasmo Ramirez. One or two of those guys that don’t make it could end up pitching in relief (which I personally think is a great way to develop pitchers). Erasmo, Maurer, and Paxton in particular could be really good in relief (I’d bet Walker ends up in AAA if he isn’t on the ML roster). If we add another starter (which isn’t unlinkey) then it just adds to that depth.

    I think the bullpen will be MUCH better next year.

  8. Jerry says:

    I think you’re right about Cruz. But I’m hoping thats not the case.

    The M’s have done a great job this offseason. Signing Cruz would undermine that.

  9. Ripperlv says:

    What this does is make the game shorter for the M’s. Ideally Furbush, Wilhelmsen, Farquah can shutdown the 7 and 8th critical situations and Rodney has the ninth. Bullpen is deep enough that Rodney isn’t over-worked. It really wasn’t an overpay, and to say no one else wanted him is just way off base.
    As far as a starting pitcher goes, JZ has said from Oct. the M’s need another starter. So they will get one I would think. Might not be Jimenez, might be a buy low like Capuano. I don’t know, but I do know the M’s know its a weakness and the season hasn’t started yet. Cruz, Internet rumor so far.

  10. Paul Martin says:

    Capps got us Logan Morrison, and I think it was a good move. Rodney May not have been the top closer on the market, but to say no one else wanted him is irresponsible. Had Seattle not paid him the 14 million, Baltimore would have signed him. Look at what the better closers have been getting the past two years, and 7 million is not a bad deal. Just look at the B. League deal with the Dodgers!

    I get your frustration over the impending Cruz signing. The guy isn’t going to hit away from Arlington (especially at Safeco) and is on the decline. I don’t know why Jack (or one of his advisors) doesn’t see this…

    But Jack has had a good offseason IMO.

  11. rxmikey says:

    Don’t be so sure that they are done as this team sits. I think that a trade for a starting pitcher will happen from what I have read/heard. I still think they may add another bullpen arm, particularly a LH one, and wouldn’t be surprised if Perez came back. I wouldn’t be shocked if they resigned Morales either, and then shipped Smoak out in a trade scenario for a starting pitcher. I do think that the Cruz signing will happen, just hope its at a decent number for years and money.

  12. mgvernon says:

    Capps is gone, Pryor will start on the DL, they are counting on 2 or 3 prospects and one rehab case to fill the 3, 4 and 5 spots in the rotation. This bullpen will be overworked again this season. They signed the closer nobody else wanted for too much money. It’s disappointing – again. Cruz will not save anything, just cost too much. I have little faith in this front office and that now includes GMZ.

  13. Jerry says:

    One interesting thing about this move:

    I think that Danny Farquar and Tom Wilhelmsen (who is my bet for “M’s bounceback player of the year”) are arguably better than Rodney right now. However, given how “proven closers” are utilized in baseball, oftentimes the best setup relievers actually work higher leverage innings than the closer. Thus, Rodney could help the pen in a way most wouldn’t expect.

    With Rodney almost definitely getting the closer role given his age, track record, and salary, it will leave the M’s with a very good set of late inning relievers in Farquar, Whilhemlsen, and Furbush to work those higher leverage situations in the 7th and 8th innings.

  14. davis09 says:

    Great move …now a good outfielder and a starting pitcher and we are close

  15. rjfrik says:

    Definitely needed that piece. It wasn’t fun having the worst bullpen in the league last year and the worst bullpen in converting games ahead in the 7th inning and on into wins. I still would like to see one more bullpen arm added and I would be fine with it being Perez, he seemed to be the only effective bull pen arm last year.

  16. Paul Martin says:

    Chances we still bring Oliver Perez back? Maybe is price tag has dropped enough…

  17. Ripperlv says:

    Nice and he’s effective against leftys. Really strengthens the bullpen.


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