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Mariners “in on” free agent Fernando Rodney

Jan 28, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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From Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports comes word that the Mariners are “in on” free agent reliever Fernando Rodney, joining the Mets and the Orioles in the three-team hunt for the 36-year-old right-hander.

Rodney wasn’t nearly as dominant in 2013 as he was in 2012, but he still saved 37 games for the Rays and averaged a career-high 96.5 mph on his fastball while striking out 82 batters in 66 2/3 innings.

Rodney is likely seeking a multi-year contract. If the Mariners sign him, they’ll presumably push projected closer Danny Farquhar into a setup role and make Rodney their primary ninth-inning man. Spring training gets underway in a little over two weeks.

  1. shawnuel - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I would much rather have “Lord” Danny Fahrquar close games for Seattle than an aging dude with declining skills.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      His strikeout rate has gone up the past two years and he just averaged a career high on his fastball. Define declining.

  2. sportsnut101 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    so 37 saves is declining u know alot of teams wish for that

  3. jaylaw01 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    Only if he wears his cap the right way. He looks like an idiot. And please stop with that ridiculous end of game arrow thing!

    • abaird2012 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      +1000!

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