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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?
In 2010, he posted...
BEST OF MAXIM
It's no secret that Fernando Rodney scares the crap out of us. In fact, we're pretty sure that he frightened the Tampa Bay Rays into giving him a one-year contract worth $2 million on Wednesday. The deal even has a club option for 2013. Hot Stove in Tampa Bay!
Let's be serious here for a minute. The right-hander's 4.50 ERA with the Los Angeles Angels last season...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Fernando Rodney signed a 2 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
The hard-throwing right-hander will earn 1.75 million next season. The deal also includes a 2.5 million club option or a 250,000 buyout for 2013.
"Fernando's pure stuff is top-notch and can beat hitters both in and out of the strike zone,"...
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...
The Tampa Bay Rays and free agent pitcher Fernando Rodney have agreed to terms on a one year deal with an option and team buyout for 2013 according to ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas. All the details of the signing inside.
A person familiar with the deal says reliever Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal is worth $2 million and includes a club option for 2013, the person told The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the club had not made an announcement.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal says reliever Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays have added another arm to their bullpen by signing former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever Fernando Rodney, according to an Associated Press story on ESPN's website.
The Rays have signed veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney to help boost their bullpen, according to the Associated Press.
The deal is worth $2 million and includes a club option for 2013, the person told the Associated Press today, on condition of anonymity because the club had not made an announcement.
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The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent pitcher Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract Wednesday.