Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 1/5/12
Andrew Friedman may have done it again. The Tampa Bay Rays general manager has shown an expert touch in putting together his bullpens over the years, bringing in castoff relievers on one-year deals. These older pitchers hope to earn another big contract in free agency, and end up giving the Rays tremendous value with their performances. The latest reliever looking for a one-year revival in Tampa Bay? That would be Fernando Rodney, who just signed a $1.75 million deal. The contract includes a $2.5 million option for 2013, with a $250,000 buyout. With that, he becomes the latest reclamation project for the Rays. Last season, Kyle Farnsworth rebounded to save 25 games for Tampa Bay after struggling for most of the past five seasons. Joel Peralta joined him as a setup man to give the Rays a surprisingly strong bullpen. Prior to that, Rafael Soriano notched 45 saves for the Rays in 2010. He turned that performance into a three-year, $35 million deal with the Yankees. Also cashing in was ...
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