It's nice to see some off-season rumblings on the Tampa Bay Rays front these days, especially given the prolonged plunge of the Bucs and the ongoing rollercoaster ride of the Lightning.
The news Wednesday that the club had signed veteran reliever Fernando Rodney for 1.75-million in 2012 (including a 2.5-million option or 250,000 buyout in 2013) is both intriguing and cause for some concern.
On the positive side, the 34-year-old from the Dominican Republic could provide some welcome support for last year's de factor closer Kyle Farnsworth. If he can be the same guy he was in 2009 with Detroit, with 37 saves in 38 appearances, Rodney definitely would bolster the late-inning relief corps of the Rays.
But that's the question. Are the Rays getting the '09 Rodney (who also averaged 7.3 strikeouts and 4.9 walks per nine innings with a 2-5 record and 4.40 ERA) or are they getting the pitcher who was less effective with the Angels the past two seasons?
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