Rays closer Fernando Rodney reportedly draws interest from Mariners
The Mariners are reportedly interested in the services of former Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney, according to Fox Sports reporter Jon Morosi on Tuesday afternoon, days after Seattle signed former New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal, the third-largest in MLB history.
Rodney and Seattle's new manager, Llloyd McClendon, are familiar with each other from their time together on the Detroit Tigers. Rodney's ERA during his seven seasons with the Tigers was 4.28, however, a far cry from the 1.91 ERA in his two seasons with the Rays.
The Mariners are reportedly in pursuit of a closer to add to relief pitchers Tom Wilhelmsen, who lost the job midway through the season, and 26-year-old Danny Farquhar, who had his first season in Seattle this past year.
In 2012-13, Rodney recorded the lowest single season ERA ever for a relief pitcher, finishing the year with a .60 ERA. That same season, he was named AL Comeback Player of the Year after blowing four saves and being replaced by Jordan Walden in his one year with the Los Angeles Angels in 2010-11.
The 36-year-old made his first All-Star appearance in 2012 but returned to reality last season, pitching a 3.38 ERA. He also had a career-high 11.1 strikeouts per 9 innings in 66 2/3 innings for the Rays, recording 37 saves for Tampa Bay.