(1090 The Fan) — Looking to bolster a shaky bullpen, the Seattle Mariners will reportedly sign the hard-throwing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million deal, according to Jonah Keri of Grantland.
Rodney, who will turn 37 shortly before next season, racked up 85 saves in the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2012, his All-Star season, he finished with a WHIP of 0.777 and a 5.1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. Rodney saw his numbers slip a little in 2013, but was still regarded as one of the better closers in the American League — especially by boasting a career-best 11.1 K/9.
With the reported signing, Rodney would presumably become the Mariners’ closer and Danny Farquhar would likely be in the running to be a setup man.
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