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Mariners interested in Fernando Rodney

Dec 10, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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At some point the Mariners will presumably want to add a high-priced closer to their increasingly expensive roster and Jon Morosi of reports that Seattle is interested in former Rays closer Fernando Rodney.

Morosi notes that Rodney knows new Mariners manager Llloyd McClendon from their time together with the Tigers, although back then Rodney was mostly just a mediocre setup man. In fact, Rodney had a 4.28 ERA in seven seasons with the Tigers compared to a 1.91 ERA in two seasons with the Rays.

At age 37 it’ll be interesting to see what type of contract Rodney can get. His ERA skyrocketed this year, going from an MLB record 0.60 to 3.38, but a) 3.38 is still pretty good and b) his secondary numbers included a career-high 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

  1. number42is1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Cano for Rodney straight up

    • sfp311 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Rodney is a FA..

      • number42is1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:42 PM


  2. raysfan1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Just beware that this guy’s pitching is unpredictable. If he’s on, he’s lights out. If he’s not, no lead is safe. There appears to be no in between.

  3. phillysports1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    A lot of relief pitchers are unpredictable . Not just Rodney .

  4. jdillydawg - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    If the Mariners get him, he’ll be completely predictable. He’ll throw lights out for 10 – 15 games, get everyone excited that this is the Mariners’ year, and then he’ll be unable to close his bedroom door, let alone a game.

    That’s not a slight against Rodney. It’s just what the Mariners do.

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Rodney is not that great, I’m glad he left Detroit

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