Mariners are serious about Fernando Rodney

Sep 12, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) reacts after the last out to beat the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Rodney might not long be without a home.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports indicates that the Seattle Mariners join the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles as clubs who are in serious pursuit of Rodney.

The soon-to-be-37-year-old pitched in Tampa Bay with the Rays last season going 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA, compiling 37 saves. Coming off of a year where he only had a 0.60 ERA and just over a 5 K/BB ratio, this was a down year, but Rodney still registered in the elite class of closers hitting the free agent market this off season. Last week, the Rays signed free agent Grant Balfour to a two-year, $12 million contract, effectively replacing Rodney.

Last year, the Mariners turned their closer duties over to Tom Wilhelmsen for the majority of the season. He had an 0-3 record with a 4.12 ERA and earned 24 saves. Towards the end of the year, the M’s handed the ball to Danny Farquhar, who fared about the same. Farquhar had an 0-3 record with a 4.20 ERA, but did save 16 games.

The crooked-hat-wearing righty would be a marked improvement over the Mariners’ current 9th-inning situation.

Topics: Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays

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  • Craig

    Meet at least one of the following requirements to sign with the Mariners in the offseason: Are you, A.) coming off of an injury? or B.) older than the age of 30?
    You’re hired!

    • Reuven Bolnick

      Rebuilding is focused on building a core of young players. Most of those injured or 30+ year old players you talked about are signed to short term deals and are there to supplement the youth on the team. You also have to realize that most FA are not young guys anymore. As of right now, the only regular they signed, Cano, happens to be one of the best players in the game. Hart is seen as the DH at least to start the season which should help him stay healthy. The rest are either back-ups or on minor league deals. Yah Fernando Rodney might be 37 but if he signs with the M’s, it will only be for 1-2 years and good closers tend to age well. While I’m not sure the M’s will actually go through with it, it would still be a nice signing.

      • Craig

        Yes, surrounding young players with veterans is a time tested successfull tactic of rebuilding a franchise. However, my point was not rebuilding with veteran players, as I already understand that from watching that same plan hatch here inSeattle in the early/ mid 90′s. My point was rebuilding with injured, aging veteran players. Also, taking a chance on a guy at 33 is leaps and bounds in difference than a 37 year old. I don’t want to spend a few million on a guy that has no leadership and is a half-assed arm on the decline.

        • Reuven Bolnick

          5-4 with a 3.38 ERA with 37 saves is not a half-assed arm. He might not have the stuff he once had but Rodney still has some juice left in the tank. As for your assumption that the M’s are rebuilding with injured/ aging veteran players, the few players that fit that description only Cano (30 years old) are signed past 2015. Not to mention that most of the players on the team are young. If your talking about the players we signed to minor league deals, they aren’t even guaranteed to be on the major league roster and serve as either depth for the minors or more likely trying to find a diamond in the rough. Most teams do this but it doesn’t mean they are banking on these players. The M’s are still focused on their youth so stop worrying…

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