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Fernando Rodney | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (39) / 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 picked up his fourth save of the year in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers, working around a two-out walk to maintain his perfect 2016 campaign.
Rodney hasn't surrendered an earned run in 8 1/3 innings this year. That's not to say he's been perfect, of course, as he's scattered six hits and four walks, but the 39-year-old is once again shooting arrows into the sky with regularity. It would be nice if the Padres would present him with more save opportunities, though. May 1 - 1:08 AM

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Fernando Rodney took a loss to the Diamondbacks after allowing an unearned run in 1 1/3 innings.

A bad throw from Derek Norris on a steal attempt led to the unearned run. It's the first run Rodney has allowed this season, but since the Padres haven't been generating leads, he's pitched just 3 1/3 innings. His closer gig is pretty safe for now.
Apr 16 - 2:52 AM

Fernando Rodney notched his first save with the Padres in Monday’s 4-3 win over the Phillies.

Asked to protect a one-run lead, Rodney gave up a leadoff single to Maikel Franco, so it was easy to imagine a meltdown coming. However, he got Darin Ruf to hit into a double play before getting Cameron Rupp on a pop-up to end it. Rodney will continue to get save chances as long as he performs, but we aren’t counting on him to last all summer in the role.
Apr 11 - 6:33 PM

Fernando Rodney (hamstring) tossed a scoreless inning in his Padres debut Friday against the White Sox.

Rodney needed just six pitches and all of them were strikes. The veteran reliever has been slowed this spring after a hamstring strain suffered during the Caribbean Series back in January, but he shouldn’t need much work to get ready for the season. He’s expected to begin 2016 as San Diego’s closer.
Mar 11 - 6:55 PM

Fernando Rodney (hamstring) will throw one more live batting practice session before being cleared for game action.

Rodney strained his left hamstring back in January while pitching for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. The Padres are understandably taking things slowly with him in camp, but he's going to be fine. The veteran reliever is set to open the season as the Padres' closer.
Mar 6 - 9:33 AM

Fernando Rodney (hamstring) is expected to throw off a mound on Friday or Saturday.

Rodney strained his left hamstring last month while pitching for Team Dominica in the Caribbean Series and so he's been taking it easy during the first week of Padres camp. The veteran right-hander was probably going to be on a light spring schedule anyway. He signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with the Friars in late January and is expected to open the 2016 season as their primary closer.
Feb 25 - 11:54 AM

Fernando Rodney (hamstring) is being held out back from bullpen sessions.

Rodney tried to throw off a mound Saturday despite a mildly strained left hamstring, but Padres manager Andy Green said he "had to pull him off." The minor ailment could delay Rodney's Cactus League debut a bit, but he should ultimately be fine and is the favorite to open the season as the club's closer.
Feb 21 - 11:45 AM

Fernando Rodney said his left hamstring is at 85 percent strength leading into spring training.

Rodney strained the hamstring earlier this month while pitching for Team Dominica in the Caribbean Series. The veteran right-hander won't need that much work to get properly prepared for the start of the MLB season, so a slight delay here in late February can be easily shrugged off. Rodney is the favorite for saves right now in the San Diego bullpen.
Feb 18 - 11:58 AM

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

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

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