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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 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

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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

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:09:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this past summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old right-hander isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:59:00 PM

Marlins declined RHP Fernando Rodney's $4.5 million option for 2017.

Sirius XM's Craig Mish was first with the news. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week that the Marlins were floating Rodney's name in trade talks, but it's no surprise the interest was apparently limited with other teams knowing Miami was expected to decline his option. Rodney, who will turn 40 next March, held a 3.44 ERA and 74/37 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings between the Padres and Marlins this season.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:28:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Fernando Rodney is available via trade.

The Marlins don't plan to exercise Rodney's $4.5 million option for 2017, but they're going to see whether another team wants him at that price in exchange for what would surely be a small return. Rodney posted a 0.31 ERA for the Padres this season but a 5.89 ERA after the Marlins acquired him. He'll turn 40 during spring training next year.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 04:38:00 PM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins "have no plans" to exercise their $2 million club option on Fernando Rodney.

Rodney will get a $400,000 buyout instead after registering a disappointing 5.89 ERA in 36 2/3 innings out of the Miami bullpen. He had a 0.31 ERA in 28 2/3 innings with the Padres before the Marlins acquired him on June 30 for minor league right-hander Chris Paddack. Rodney will turn 40 years old next March and is probably going to have to settle for a minor league contract this winter if he wants to continue his playing career.
Source: Miami Herald
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 10:56:00 AM

Fernando Rodney loaded the bases in the ninth inning but escaped without allowing a run while notching a save versus the Royals on Wednesday.

He did his best to make things interesting after being called upon to protect a 3-0 Marlins lead. The save was his 25th of the season. He is still serving as closer despite the return of A.J. Ramos from the disabled list. The situation remains fluid. Expect Ramos to regain the closer's role after he proves himself fully healthy.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 10:15:00 PM

Fernando Rodney navigated a shaky ninth inning Friday against the Pirates to convert his 22nd save of the season.

After the Marlins took a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Rodney walked Jordy Mercer to begin the bottom of the frame before giving up a single to John Jaso. He managed to get Josh Harrison to ground out for the first out before walking Starling Marte intentionally to load the bases and face Andrew McCutchen. The move paid off, as Rodney induced a double-play grounder from McCutchen to escape with the victory. He’s now 5-for-5 in save opportunities since A.J. Ramos (finger) hit the disabled list. Ramos tested out his fractured finger in a simulated game on Friday and remains on track to return when he’s first eligible on Sunday, though he might not close right away. The Marlins might even prefer to keep Rodney in the role. Stay tuned.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 11:26:00 PM

Fernando Rodney nailed down his 21st save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning on Monday against the Reds.

Rodney issued a four-pitch walk to lead off the ninth but quickly thwarted the threat with a fielder's choice and a couple strikeouts. He's converted all four of his save opportunities since assuming the closer duties for the injured A.J. Ramos (finger).
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 11:09:00 PM

Fernando Rodney notched his second save as a Marlin Tuesday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in a win over the Giants.

Rodney had to pitch around an error by Dee Gordon to lead off the inning, but did so easily with a double play and a strikeout. With A.J. Ramos (finger) out indefinitely, Rodney will shoot arrows for a while in Miami.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 11:11:00 PM

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