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Fernando Rodney | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (40) / 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 tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch his 10th save in Tuesday's win over the Mets.
Of Rodney's 10 saves this season, half of them have been of the 1-2-3 variety. The closer hasn't given up a hit in five appearances yet this month, converting all three of his save opportunities. May 17 - 12:48 AM

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Fernando Rodney worked around a walk to record a scoreless ninth inning while earning his ninth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Pirates.

The Diamondbacks handed Rodney a slim 2-1 lead to start the ninth. He recorded the first two outs without issue before walking Josh Harrison. Harrison proceeded to finish off the save for the veteran closer (in a roundabout way), as the game ended when he was gunned out trying to steal second. After surrendering eight runs combined in two appearances at the end of April, Rodney has now turned in three consecutive scoreless appearances. He is 9-of-11 in save chances despite holding a bloated 9.95 ERA over 12 2/3 innings.
May 12 - 12:45 AM

Fernando Rodney retired both Rockies he faced Friday for his eighth save.

It wasn't supposed to be a save situation, but Archie Bradley gave up a run in the ninth, making it a 6-3 game. Rodney has earned saves with back-to-back scoreless appearances, dropping his ERA from 12.60 to 10.80 in the process. He's definitely not out of the woods yet.
May 6 - 12:19 AM

Fernando Rodney notched his seventh save with a perfect ninth inning Tuesday in Washington.

He only had to protect a three-run lead, but Rodney knifed through the meat of the Nationals' order (although he required 20 pitches to do so). It's predictably been a roller coaster ride for Rodney, who might have lost his closer job already if the Diamondbacks had any good alternatives.
May 2 - 11:19 PM

Fernando Rodney allowed three earned runs, two hits and two walks in a shaky ninth inning Saturday against the Rockies, blowing his second save.

Rodney has blown back-to-back save chances, allowing eight runs and eight hits while recording just five outs. Velocity isn't an issue, as he topped out at 98 mph with his fastball in Saturday's outing, but he was not exactly pinpoint with his location. If you own stock in Rodney it's time to buy insurance in the form of JJ Hoover, as he is likely next in line for saves if the veteran loses his job.
Apr 30 - 12:45 AM

Fernando Rodney took his first blown save after giving up five runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Padres on Wednesday.

Erick Aybar's bunt single started a one-out rally, and five more hits came afterwards, including a three-run homer from Ryan Schimpf. The blown save was Rodney's first in seven chances, though it did take his ERA all of the way up to 11.00. Still, the Diamondbacks had to know what they were signing up for here. It should take more than one blown save to cost him his job. If Rodney does continue to struggle, then J.J. Hoover is probably next in line for saves.
Apr 27 - 2:05 AM

Fernando Rodney recorded his fifth save in five tries Monday against the Dodgers.

A lineup from Andrew Toles started the inning, but Rodney didn't live dangerously from there; he struck out both Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson to end the game. Rodney has an 8.53 ERA this season, but he's safe until he starts blowing saves.
Apr 18 - 1:59 AM

Fernando Rodney notched his third save Tuesday despite giving up two runs in the ninth against the Giants.

Rodney is 3-for-3 saving games, but he's allowed four runs -- three earned -- in his four innings. Last year, he didn't allow his fourth run until July 4. The Diamondbacks don't have anyone else they want closing games, so Rodney will have to blow a couple of chances to put his job in jeopardy. Ideally, Jake Barrett will come back healthy before then and put his hat into the ring to become Rodney's replacement. If not, J.J. Hoover is one alternative.
Apr 12 - 1:45 AM

Fernando Rodney gave up a run on two hits and two walks Sunday versus the Giants.

Rodney was brought into the game with the score tied 4-4 and allowed a long Joe Panik triple to open the top of the ninth inning. Conor Gillaspie then drove Panik home with a sacrifice fly to center field. Denard Span followed with a single and Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence both drew walks to load the bases, but Rodney was able to prevent any further damage by inducing a weak grounder from Brandon Crawford. Arizona wound up winning the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Apr 2 - 7:35 PM

Fernando Rodney struck out two batters in a hitless sixth inning Tuesday versus the Royals.

Rodney had a decent enough showing for Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic and now he's back to building up strength in Diamondbacks camp. The veteran right-hander projects to open the 2017 season as Arizona's ninth-inning man after signing a one-year, $2.75 million free agent deal with the club in December.
Mar 21 - 6:57 PM

Fernando Rodney arrived at Diamondbacks camp on Thursday morning.

Rodney had to get his citizenship status reviewed before he could leave the Dominican Republic and travel to Arizona. The veteran right-hander is in position to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer, but he'll have to be sharp this spring and he completely fell apart for the Marlins down the stretch in 2016.
Feb 16 - 9:44 AM

Fernando Rodney is in the process of getting his citizenship status reviewed.

It was previously reported that he was delayed from reporting to D-Backs' camp due to visa issues. It's not clear when he'll arrive, but the Diamondbacks aren't concerned at this point. Rodney is expected to function as Arizona's closer this season despite a rough finish with the Marlins in 2016.
Feb 15 - 1:29 PM

Fernando Rodney has been delayed getting to Diamondbacks camp by visa issues.

But the veteran right-hander is expected to arrive before the end of the week and he should have no trouble preparing himself at this point in his career. Rodney is projected to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer despite struggling mightily with the Marlins down the stretch in 2016. He turns 40 years old a few weeks before Opening Day.
Feb 13 - 2:31 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

The deal, which was first reported on Wednesday, includes incentives that could push the total value to $5 million. Rodney was Dr. Jekyll with the Padres (0.31 ERA, 33/12 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings) and Mr. Hyde with the Marlins (5.89 ERA, 41/25 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings) last season, but, of course, inconsistency is nothing new with him. He'll turn 40 just before Opening Day but will get a chance to close in Arizona.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 12:02:00 AM

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2B1Brandon Drury
2Daniel Descalso
SS1Chris Owings
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S1Zack Greinke
2Taijuan Walker
3Robbie Ray
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
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Relief Pitcher
R1Fernando Rodney
2JJ Hoover
3Archie Bradley
4Randall Delgado
5Andrew Chafin
6Steve Hathaway
7Tom Wilhelmsen
8T.J. McFarland
9Jorge De La Rosa