Mariners ink closer Rodney to 2-year deal

The Sports NetworkFebruary 6, 2014 

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners continued their busy offseason on Thursday, reportedly signing closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year contract.

According to multiple media outlets, including the News Tribune, the deal is worth $14 million, includes performance bonuses, and is pending a physical.

Rodney spent the last two seasons in Tampa Bay as the Rays' primary closer, racking up 85 saves with a minuscule 1.91 earned run average over 144 relief appearances.

The 36-year-old right-hander was named an All-Star in 2012, when he recorded 48 saves with a remarkable 0.60 ERA, setting a single-season record for the lowest ERA by a reliever in MLB history.

Over 11 seasons in the majors, Rodney owns a career 3.70 ERA with a 29-44 record and 172 saves in 344 games, all in relief, for the Tigers, Angels and Rays since breaking into the league in 2002.

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