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Rays and Fernando Rodney finalize one-year deal

Jan 4, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal.

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TUESDAY, 11:56 PM: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times hears that while a deal is not done yet, something is definitely in the works. It could be made official in the next day or two.

TUESDAY, 11:30 PM: Not sure how everyone missed this given how we’ve been dying for any baseball news lately, but Fernando Rodney told the Associated Press last week (link in Spanish) that he has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rays.

Rodney said that the deal is worth around $2 million and that he’ll get a chance to compete for the closer role. Given that he posted a 4.50 ERA and a 26/28 K/BB ratio (!) over 32 innings with the Angels last season, it’s pretty hard to believe the Rays would guarantee him that salary. No official confirmation from the club yet, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Rodney, who turns 35 in March, has a 4.29 ERA and 87 career saves over parts of nine seasons in the majors. His career walk rate of 4.9 BB/9 is ninth-highest among all pitchers (with at least 400 innings pitched) since he made his major-league debut with the Tigers in 2002.

  1. natsattack - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    He’s part of the Rays dumpster-diving bullpen = He’s gonna be good.

  2. hittfamily - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    2 million this year. 8 million next year. Any shitty reliever becomes great in Tampa.

  3. jarathen - Jan 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    There is a reason Angels fans took to calling him “Fraudney” beyond it being a portmanteau of his first initial and last name. And it’s not the stupid hat.

    He’s terrible, and not in a “play at PETCO and watch the offers roll in” kind of way. He can’t find the strike zone.

  4. SmackSaw - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    How does this stiff get work? He’s not even left handed.

  5. dwick21 - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    big deal

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