According to a report on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish), the Rays have signed reliever Fernando Rodney. Here is the translation…
Dominican reliever Fernando Rodney said Thursday it signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and seek the opportunity to become the team’s closer…”It’s confirmed, will be published in January if God permits. I signed for one year with Tampa Bay to keep working hard and see if God gives me something better,” said Rodney
Rodney will reportedly make “just over” $2 million. We should note that we do not know yet if this is a guaranteed big league deal. It could be a minor league deal with the salary contingent on Rodney making the team.
Rodney spent the last two seasons with the Angels, saving 17 games combined. In 2009, Rodney saved 37 games with the Tigers. This past season, Rodney has a 4.50 ERA (4.71 FIP) in 32.0 innings, with 26 strikeouts and 28 walks. He spent about a month on the DL with what was called an “upper back strain.”
In 2009, Rodney was suspended for three games after he fired a ball from the field at The Trop that landed in the press box near several working writers.