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Fernando Rodney | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (41) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1997 / UDFA / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Fernando Rodney gave up a run in an inning Wednesday in his spring debut against the Rays.
The Twins could have held off on using the soon-to-be 41-year-old Rodney for another week or two, but Rodney likes getting his spring work in and typically does well. He had been unscored upon in three of the previous five exhibition seasons. Feb 28 - 3:51 PM

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Fernando Rodney is expected to make his Twins' debut on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The 41-year-old right-hander is scheduled to throw his second live session of batting practice on Sunday before progressing to a real spring training game. He'll open the season as the Twins' closer, though with Addison Reed breathing down his neck he'll need to perform well in the early going to keep that job.
Feb 24 - 1:36 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Friday that Fernando Rodney will open the season as the team's closer.

The Twins officially signed Addison Reed earlier this week after agreeing to terms with Rodney last month, but the ninth inning belongs to Rodney. Reed is the better bet in 2018 and got a bigger contract than Rodney, but the Twins are probably best off giving the latter a clean frame in the ninth rather than using him as a setup man when he'd often have to come in with runners on. Still, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if the soon-to-be 41-year-old Rodney struggles and ultimately loses his closer job to Reed.
Jan 19 - 3:26 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Fernando Rodney will still be the Twins' closer to begin 2018 despite the signing of Addison Reed.

"Rodney is the closer," a source told Berardino after the Reed deal. "Nothing has changed." When he signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the club in December, Rodney said he was told he'd be the team's closer, so perhaps they're just staying true to their word. Still, it's hard to reconcile given they gave more years and more money to Reed, and he was arguably better than Rodney in 2017. It'll be a situation worth watching.
Jan 13 - 4:23 PM

Twins signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with a club option for 2019.

Rodney got off to a rotten start in April with the Diamondbacks this past season but was excellent the rest of the way with a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings. He recorded 39 saves in 2017 and should option 2018 as the Twins' closer.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:51:00 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

The one-year deal also includes $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses, so it could be worth as much as $6 million. Rodney also drew heavy interest from the Tigers, Rangers, Mets, and Diamondbacks this winter before deciding to head to Minnesota -- where he should get a chance to serve as the primary closer. The 40-year-old right-hander posted some rather underwhelming overall numbers in 2017, but he had a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings and tallied 39 total saves.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:34:00 AM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, the Twins are "still strongly in the mix" for free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reported late Wednesday night that there is mutual interest between Rodney and the Tigers, one of the 40-year-old right-hander's former teams. But if Rodney would prefer to pitch for a contender in 2018 -- what could be his final MLB season -- Minnesota obviously makes a lot more sense. There is also said to be some level of interest from the Rangers and Mets, and the Diamondbacks have discussed a possible return.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 06:37:00 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that there is "mutual interest" between the Tigers and free agent Fernando Rodney.

The 40-year-old right-hander is an odd fit for a rebuilding team, but perhaps the Tigers are thinking they could get a few good months out of Rodney in 2018 and then flip him for young talent. Rodney had a dreadful April in 2017 with the Diamondbacks but rebounded nicely after that, posting a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings. He racked up 39 saves.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:32:00 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Mets and Tigers have shown interest in free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Add those two teams to the list of Rodney suitors that already included the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks. The 40-year-old right-hander posted a 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings this past season in Arizona, but he still managed to rack up 39 saves. Cotillo notes that Rodney is at the Winter Meetings in Orlando and is a "good candidate to sign this week."
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 07:02:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks are considering free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

T.R. Sullivan of was first to report word of the Rangers' interest. Minnesota is a new one. Rodney racked up 39 saves for Arizona in 2017, but that came with an underwhelming 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander can probably be had on a one-year deal.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:29:00 PM

According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Rangers have met with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Rodney offers closing experience, which is worth noting with the back-end of the Rangers' bullpen unsettled. The soon-to-be 41-year-old saved 39 games with the Diamondbacks this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. He was much better after a rough April.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 12:39:00 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that Fernando Rodney is drawing interest from several teams, including the Diamondbacks and Mets.

Rodney, who turns 41 in March, served as Arizona's closer this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. The club could go in another direction at closer in 2018, even if he's brought back. The Mets have been linked to seemingly every reliever on the market, so they are at least doing their due diligence here.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 01:48:00 PM

According to Jesse Sanchez of, Fernando Rodney will be attending the Winter Meetings in order to meet with executives from multiple teams.

Rodney notched 39 saves with the Diamondbacks this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. It was an underwhelming year on the surface, but he put up a 2.38 ERA in 50 appearances after the start of May. He'll be 41 years old in March.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 01:00:00 PM

Fernando Rodney gave up a run on two hits, but struck out two in the ninth inning of an 11-8 victory over Colorado in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday.

This wasn't the best example of the FRE (Fernando Rodney Experience), but in typical Rodney fashion it wasn't easy, either. He gave up a bullet-hit to Ian Desmond to start things off, before getting two strikeouts, before giving up a run-scoring hit, before getting a grounder to end it. Rodney's stuff is excellent, but his command often leads to adventures. Tonight was more of a mini-episode. The Experience continues on Friday in the NLDS against Los Angeles.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 12:26:00 AM

Fernando Rodney earned his fifth victory of the season on Sunday against the Marlins.

Rodney was tasked with working the ninth inning in a tied game, and retired all three hitters that he faced including a pair of strikeouts. The Diamondbacks then walked it off in the bottom half of the inning, making the veteran right-hander victorious. He now sports a 4.33 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on the season.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 07:43:00 PM

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R1Fernando Rodney
2Addison Reed
3Taylor Rogers
4Trevor Hildenberger
5Ryan Pressly
6Zach Duke
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8Alan Busenitz
9Gabriel Moya
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