Sep 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) throws against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Tampa defeated Toronto 7-6. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Seattle Mariners sign closer Fernando Rodney to $14 million dollar deal

The Seattle Mariners have reportedly played with the idea of signing Fernando Rodney for some time, but today they finally made the decision and signed the closer to a two-year, $14 million dollar contract.

It’s being reported the deal will include incentives would could push the total up to $15 million dollars.

Source: #Mariners, Fernando Rodney agree on 2-year, $14 million contract. Could earn up to $15M with incentives.

The 36-year-old Rodney has been an effective closer for some time, though had a few dents put into his armor last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, posting a 3.38 ERA which is relatively pedestrian for a closer.

That said, he still possessed strikeout stuff as Rodney blew away 82 batters in 66 innings.

Seattle obviously didn’t give Rodney $7 million dollars a year to float in the bullpen, so he will likely push Danny Farquhar out of the closing role. Farquhar will likely move down and become the eighth inning setup man unless he struggles during the Spring.

Another solid big money addition for the Mariners who will likely make some noise in the AL West.

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