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Fernando Rodney | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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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. Aug 27 - 8:07 PM

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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.
Aug 23 - 3:30 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.
Aug 23 - 1:09 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.
Jul 5 - 7:12 PM

Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth in a tie game Sunday against the Angels.

It's another step towards Rodney regaining the closer's role. He's turned in seven straight scoreless appearances.
Jun 28 - 7:49 PM

Mariners manger Lloyd McClendon said Saturday the he hopes Fernando Rodney regains his closer job.

Carson Smith is 5-for-5 in save chances and is clearly the M's best reliever right now, but McClendon would prefer to use him in a setup role and have Rodney back in the ninth. Rodney on Friday earned his first save since May 29, but he still has some work to do to get his old job back. "My hope," McClendon said, "is Rodney becomes that lock-down ninth-inning guy again. I think we’re a better club if he’s in the ninth, Carson is in the eighth and (Mark) Lowe and (Charlie) Furbush in the seventh. It closes the gap tremendously. That’s my hope. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen or when it’s going to happen. For right now, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve got to win ballgames."
Jun 28 - 11:25 AM

Fernando Rodney got to work the ninth Friday against the Angels and picked up his 15th save with a scoreless inning.

Manager Lloyd McClendon played it smart and had Carson Smith face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the eighth, giving Rodney the easier part of the lineup in the ninth. It doesn't mean Rodney is back in the closer's role, though it's still possible things will start to swing that way. The save was Rodney's first since May 29.
Jun 27 - 1:31 AM

Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Fernando Rodney may begin to see save chances again.

Carson Smith has done well enough to keep the gig -- he earned his third save on Wednesday night against the Giants -- but Rodney has rattled off three straight scoreless appearances and McClendon is seeing progress. "I will say this: Probably on days when Smith can not go, you might see Rodney or a combination of Rodney and somebody else," McClendon told reporters.
Jun 18 - 8:55 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that he's not sure if Fernando Rodney is ready to close games for the Mariners.

McClendon's exact words were "I’m not sure he’s quite ready to go back to the closer’s role. We’ll use him where we think he fits the best." Lukewarm, very lukewarm. McClendon has previously indicated that Rodney will definitely see 8th inning work as well as occasional closing duty as he tries to regain his role in the bullpen.
Jun 12 - 5:30 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expects Fernando Rodney to pitch "the eighth and, sometimes, the ninth inning" once he's "got this mechanical stuff straightened out."

"I’m committed right now," McClendon said, "if he’s closing out a game, to getting him some help in the ninth on the front end if there’s a tough lefty or something. Anything to try to jump-start him. Listen, we need (Rodney). If we’re going to make a run at this, and be as successful as we think we’re going to be, we’ve got to have him." It seems as though McClendon wants Rodney to win his closer job back, but for now Carson Smith, who has recorded the club's last two saves, looks like the best bet in the ninth inning. Smith is certainly good enough to run away with the job, but McClendon wants to be cautious about using him too often. "The other kid (Smith) has greatness written all over him," McClendon said. "But if we think we can run him out there three or four days in a row, it’s just not going to happen."
Jun 10 - 10:13 AM

Fernando Rodney took a loss after giving up a homer in a tie game Friday against the Rays.

We'd approve of Lloyd McClendon using his closer in the top of the ninth of a tie game if only that closer wasn't Rodney. The subject of several votes of confidence lately, Rodney has now given up runs in nine of his last 13 appearances. McClendon doesn't have anyone else he wants to go into the ninth, but Rodney has really left him with no choice. Carson Smith should be grabbed wherever he's available.
Jun 6 - 1:15 AM

Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that he's sticking with Fernando Rodney at closer.

Rodney blew his third save of the season on Tuesday night against the Yankees and he owns a brutal 6.85 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 22 1/3 total innings this season, but McClendon isn't quite ready to move away from the 38-year-old right-hander. "Rodney has struggled a little bit, but so has everybody else," said McClendon. "The fact is, he’s our closer. We need him. We are going to need him to be successful." Carson Smith still seems like a smart stash in fantasy leagues.
Jun 4 - 10:13 AM

Fernando Rodney blew the save, letting the Yankees score once in the ninth inning as the Mariners went on to lose in 11 innings on Tuesday.

Rodney issued a leadoff walk, but then got two quick outs and it seemed like he would find his way out of trouble. The Yankees cobbled together a single followed by a Stephen Drew double to tie the game. Somehow, it's only Rodney's third blown save. He's pitched very poorly this year, currently holding a 6.85 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings. The Mariners have to be running thin on patience with Rodney. If a change is made, Carson Smith would likely move into the closer's role. Fantasy owners in need of saves may want to stash him just in case.
Jun 3 - 2:12 AM

Fernando Rodney recorded his 14th save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Indians.

Rodney surrendered an RBI triple to Ryan Raburn before getting Michael Brantley to fly out to end the game. Just nine of his 21 pitches were strikes. Lloyd McClendon has been stubbornly patient with him, but this can't be allowed to go on for much longer. Rodney has allowed runs in seven of 10 appearances this month.
May 30 - 1:50 AM

Fernando Rodney allowed three runs to take a blown save against the Rays on Tuesday, earning the win instead.

It actually could have been worse for Rodney, as he allowed two runs before even recording an out. After Evan Longoria's two-run double, Rodney pulled it together, but he wasn't able to hold onto the lead. Rodney now owns an unsightly 6.98 ERA and 1.71 WHIP, and the Mariners may be forced to look elsewhere for saves shortly.
May 26 - 11:45 PM