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Fernando Rodney | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1997 / UDFA / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Fernando Rodney left a game with leg tightness earlier this week.
The injury came Thursday while Rodney was pitching for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. His exit was considered precautionary. It doesn't sound like anything serious but it's lousy timing as Rodney finalized a one-year deal with the Padres mere hours before getting hurt. The two-time All-Star turns 39 next month. Feb 6 - 4:17 PM

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Padres signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $1.6 million contract with a $2 million club option for 2017.

That option comes with a $400,000 buyout, so the total guaranteed money in the deal is $2 million. Rodney can also earn up to $5 million via performance-based incentives, and there are incentives built into the second-year option as well. The veteran right-hander posted an underwhelming 4.74 ERA and 58/29 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings last season between the Mariners and Cubs, but he could get the first shot at saving games this year in San Diego. This will be his age-39 season.
Feb 4 - 1:55 PM

Fernando Rodney will be guaranteed $2 million in his new contract with the Padres.

Rodney will make a $1.6 million base salary in 2016 while the contract includes $2 million club option for 2017 or a $400,000 buyout. He'll have the chance to make an additional $5 million in 2016 with performance-incentives. This will presumably be tied to games finished if he gets an opportunity to close in San Diego. If the option is picked up, he could earn a maximum of $18.6 million.
Jan 20 - 11:17 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have an agreement with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Jesse Sanchez of reports that it's a one-year deal with an option, which can max out to around $7 million with performance bonuses. Rodney turns 39 in March and posted a 4.74 ERA and 58/29 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings with the Mariners and Cubs last season. The Padres don't have a set closer, so Rodney could certainly get an opportunity there.
Jan 20 - 10:06 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Fernando Rodney and the Padres are "closing in on a deal."

It's unclear at this point what the contract will look like, but it's no surprise that they're close, as the two sides have been connected for a while. Rodney is landing in an ideal spot, as the Padres need a closer and he'll get to pitch in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the majors. He put up a 4.74 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 58/29 K/BB ratio across 62 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Cubs in 2015.
Jan 15 - 11:44 AM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin is hearing that the Padres aren't out of the running for free agent Fernando Rodney.

Lin reported on January 8 that the Padres were not seen as the favorites for Rodney's services, but it appears they're still considering him as a relief option. One thing in their favor--should they sign Rodney, he could have an opportunity to close. He held a 4.74 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 58/29 K/BB ratio across 62 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Cubs in 2015. While Chicago remains a possible landing spot, the Diamondbacks (one of the teams rumored to be in the mix for Rodney) have likely fallen to the wayside. It was reported on January 9 that they aren't in contact with Rodney's agent.
Jan 13 - 6:57 PM

The Diamondbacks haven't been in contact with free agent Fernando Rodney.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo previously reported that the Diamondbacks were among several teams pursuing Rodney, but Jack Magruder of says that's not the case. Apparently the D'Backs don't see as a fit and would prefer to stand pat with Brad Ziegler and Daniel Hudson in the late innings. The Padres are still the favorite to land Rodney while the Cubs have also been mentioned as a possible suitor.
Jan 9 - 8:28 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears that multiple teams are pursuing Fernando Rodney and the Padres are not the favorites to sign him.

The Padres have been connected to Rodney for the last month, but it appears that he's likely to wind up elsewhere. The Twins also reportedly have interest in the veteran reliever, and the Cubs haven't ruled out bringing him back. Rodney put up a 4.74 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 58/29 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings last season for the Mariners and Cubs.
Jan 8 - 2:14 PM

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Padres are "trying for" free agent Fernando Rodney.

Heyman says it would have to be an "incentive-laden" deal, which usually means a low base salary. Rodney, 38, posted an ugly 4.74 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 58/29 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings this past season between the Mariners and Cubs. He did pitch pretty well down the stretch for Chicago and he was very good with Seattle in 2014, but his rising age and fading velocity are obvious concerns.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 06:58:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs and Padres are in on Fernando Rodney.

There's no word on whether that Cubs might still be interested since they just acquired Adam Warren in the Starlin Castro deal. Rodney could be given the chance to close with the Padres, which surely would interest him. The Twins have also shown interest.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins, Cubs and Padres have expressed the most interest in free agent right-hander Fernando Rodney thus far this offseason.

The 38-year-old right-hander had a disappointing 2015 season, but pitched to a 0.75 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 12 innings down the stretch after a late-season trade to the Cubs. Rodney has stated his desire to remain in a closer's role, but could work in a setup capacity in the right situation.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 07:10:00 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named later.

Rodney will join the bullpen on Friday. He'll help provide depth in the late innings for the Cubs with Jason Motte on the disabled list. The 38-year-old hurler posted a troublesome 5.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 50 2/3 innings with the Mariners.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 08:07:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays "will look into" Fernando Rodney.

However, he notes that Rodney "is not a high priority." The reliever was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Saturday after posting a 5.68 ERA over 54 appearances. He had two good years in Tampa, so perhaps they could help fix him.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 03:30:00 PM

Mariners designated RHP Fernando Rodney for assignment.

Rodney racked up 48 saves last season alongside a 2.85 ERA, but he's fallen off in a major way in 2015 -- his age-38 campaign. The right-hander is making a $7 million salary this year, so he'll almost certainly pass through waivers unclaimed. Rodney is now off the Mariners' 40-man roster.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 01:09:00 AM

Fernando Rodney earned his 16th save of the season in Sunday's win over the A's, despite allowing a hit and a walk in the scoreless ninth.

If nothing else, Rodney certainly knows how to offer an entertaining ninth inning. Holding a 2-1 lead over the A's on Sunday, he recorded the first two outs in routine fashion. Then, the Fernando Rodney Save Experience swung into full effect, as he allowed an infield single to Josh Reddick and a walk to Ike Davis. He managed to retire Mark Canha on a grounder to end the game, but still. This is why the Mariners can't have nice things. Rodney is working to regain his role as closer, but it's clear to anybody watching that Fernando Rodney is who he is and will continue to pitch like Fernando Rodney. Loops of logic aside, he currently holds a 5.18 ERA and a 27/17 K/BB ratio over 33 innings while going 16-for-19 in save chances.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 07:12:00 PM

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