Rays Sign Rodney

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The Tampa Bay Rays added to their bullpen depth today by finalizing their reported deal with Fernando Rodney. Rodney pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, appearing in 39 games. The deal calls for Rodney to make $1.75 million in 2012 with an option for the 2013 season.

@Enrique_Rojas1: Deal done between Fernando Rodney and #Rays. Rodney get $1,75 million in 2012, $2.5 million option in 2013 and 250K buyout

I’d expect the career reliever to either serve in a setup role, possibly even just middle relief. Rodney throws hard and gets a lot of groundball outs but gives up way too many runs for a contender like the Rays to hand over their closer role.

Yes, in 2009 he was pretty successful with the Detroit Tigers by saving 37 games but even then he had an ERA of 4.40. That’s not something you want from your closer, it’s even worse when you realize his career ERA is 4.29. He’s best suited to be a supporting member of the bullpen.

Regardless, I like the signing for the Rays. The price tag isn’t that high on they’re only on the hook for one full season. If he doesn’t work out that’s fine. If he does well the Rays bullpen is that much deeper.

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