After a historically incredible 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Rays, reliever Fernando Rodney had trouble repeating that explosive success in 2013. However, he was still significantly better than league-average, and with that, he is now drawing reported interest on the free agent market.
Sources: Mariners interested in free agent reliever Fernando Rodney. He has a good relationship with Lloyd McClendon from time in DET.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2013
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting interest from the Seattle Mariners in Rodney’s services, as they continue their spending following the signing of Robinson Cano. Seattle is in need of an option at closer, and Rodney has amassed 85 saves over the past two seasons.
It is fairly clear (at least to me) that Rodney’s 2013 campaign (3.38 ERA, 11.07 K/9, 4.86 BB/9, 1.3 fWAR) is closer to his “real” ability than the historic 2012 season (0.60 ERA, 9.16 K/9, 1.81 BB/9, 2.3 fWAR) was, but even if he’s “just” this guy, he’s an above-average reliever. The trouble for Seattle, though, is that he surely demanding a king’s ransom to become their full-time closer.
If the Mariners (who suddenly have buckets of available funds) can get Rodney for even a semi-reasonable price, I would like the move on their end, but if they have to overpay too badly, they should remember one thing.
It’s Fernando Rodney we’re talking about.