Fernando Rodney Seeking $10MM Per Year

Closer Fernando Rodney is said to be seeking a deal worth $10MM per season over two years or possibly three, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  The Mariners are among the clubs with interest but they can't be enthused about that price, Heyman notes.

Rodney is coming off a strong season in which he pitched to a 3.38 ERA with 11.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 66 2/3 innings for the Rays.  However, he has a history of command issues and they resurfaced in 2013.  ERA estimators FIP (2.46), xFIP (2.88) and SIERA (2.69) were all kind to Rodney in 2013.  The veteran ranks seventh among all qualified relief pitchers from 2012-13 in fWAR at 3.6.

Back in November, our own Steve Adams predicted that Rodney was in line for a two-year, $18MM deal.

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  1. mrnatewalter
    Nathan Walter 2 years ago

    Thanks Brian Wilson and the Dodgers.

    Mr. Rodney

    • JasonGrabowski 2 years ago

      being a dodger fan I haven’t seen much of rodney, but there was a game last year where the dodgers came back to score 4 runs off him in the bottom of the ninth. something like 3 doubles, a triple and a throwing error by himself to cap off the night. and he wants 10 mil per? lol

      • mrnatewalter
        Nathan Walter 2 years ago

        I’m not saying Rodney is worth $10m… I’m just saying Wilson helps him get what he’s asking for.

  2. txftw 2 years ago

    I’m seeking winning lottery tickets too. Just letting anyone that has one know.

    • Runtime 2 years ago

      The thing is: Rodney will get close to $10M.

      You’re probably never gonna win the lottery.

  3. Yhameen Hamid 2 years ago

    Pretty sure a team in need of a closer will give him 2 years at $20 million. Many closers or strong set-up men seem to want money in about that range. (Wilson/Nathan/Johnson). I could see Balfour in that range too.

  4. Daniel 2 years ago

    Just silly the kind of money relievers get. Biggest waste of money in sports.

  5. N.K.T. 2 years ago

    He does realize that he’s not even the best closer available right?

    • mrnatewalter
      Nathan Walter 2 years ago

      Is he as good as, or better, than Brian Wilson? I would say yes. It’s all in relativity to the others in his position.

      • N.K.T. 2 years ago

        I’m not talking about Wilson, Wilson isn’t available. I’m talking about the best available closer, who is Grant Balfour, not Rodney.

        • mrnatewalter
          Nathan Walter 2 years ago

          I get what you’re saying, but availability is a moot point. The fact remains, Brian Wilson earned $10m (and he may not even be the closer in LA)… any closer of equal or greater talent can now ask for that money… it’s the market for closers.

          That Balfour is the best available is also a moot point. He could demand $10m if he wishes to, and he wouldn’t be out of line. The point is: Wilson’s deal with LA set the market high for closers this off-season.

          • Metsfan93 2 years ago

            I disagree. The Dodgers don’t care about money and are already way over the luxury tax. What they sign people to shouldn’t and isn’t the standard. Wilson’s deal was universally lauded as an overpay. Joe Nathan’s deal of 2/20 should be the ceiling for closers this offseason seeing as Nathan is far and away better than anybody who hit the market this offseason.

          • mrnatewalter
            Nathan Walter 2 years ago

            Overpay or not, every closer available is going to look at that and say they want similar money… I wouldn’t blame them. The litmus test is simply, am I better than the other guy who made $10m? If yes, I should be able to ask that kind of money… it’s that way in every business anywhere. That one team overpaid a guy, especially early on in the game set a standard. I’m fairly confident you’ll see other closers asking for this kind of money all winter long.

    • RyanWKrol 2 years ago

      He’s riding a fluky 2012 campaign.

  6. fatdaddy 2 years ago

    as much as i love what he did for us in 2012, in 2013 i felt like i needed a bottle of Pepto everytime he came in a game.

  7. brownlar 2 years ago

    I have a question could a team give an incentive contract like this? 4 mil based salary. with incentives worth another 4 mil if he pitches 50 plus IP and sub 2.00 era? or can you only give incentives on finishing games for RP? Not saying he would accept a deal like this nor am i suggesting a team should sign him to something like this, just is it possible?

    • jtmorgan 2 years ago

      You can have it for games finished or innings pitched as a reliever. But not for any results.

  8. Robert Eichhorn 2 years ago

    Based on what we saw when he was with the Angels, he’s not worth 10 dollars per season.

  9. Clayton Wilson 2 years ago

    I wonder what Craig Kimbrel is gonna get if he sustains his performance through his arbitration years……

    • N.K.T. 2 years ago

      Biggest contract a relievers ever gotten that’s what

      • Clayton Wilson 2 years ago

        No doubt. Sure hope Wren can fetch something valuable for him before that happens….

  10. SoxFanCyp 2 years ago

    If he signed with the Yankees would they make him wear his hat straight?

    • Ruben_Tomorrow 2 years ago

      They never made CC adjust his hat (granted Rodney brings a whole new meaning to crooked cap), and R. Soriano would begin to “undress” on the field after finishing a game. I just wish someone would put the kibosh on Fernando’s post game antics on the field.

  11. snowbladerp14 2 years ago

    can we push the reset button on this offseason so decent talent doesnt think they are superstars

    • Metsfan93 2 years ago

      10 MM a year *is* decent talent money this year, not superstar money… Feldman, Vargas, Haren, Wilson, Colon, Hughes, Josh Johnson, Nolasco. What do they all have in common? They signed for between 8 and 12.25 MM per year.

      • McTigers 2 years ago

        Joe Nathan got less than what Rodney’s asking, despite being widely regarded as the best closer on the FA market.

        • Russell Stephens 2 years ago

          with the 1M buyout on Nathan’s option year, its the same amount per year

  12. Alex Knight 2 years ago

    I bet the Yankees get either him or Balfour.

  13. Luke DeSando 2 years ago

    So is that magic plantain still in his house getting rotten?

  14. LInkcat 2 years ago

    Wow huge.

  15. Matt Talbert 2 years ago

    If Rodney gets twelve million dollars, I swear I am a monkey’s uncle. I mean I guess if you are a top 5 relief pitcher, maybe its justified, but Rodney is aging and shaky.

  16. kdub53 2 years ago

    I would love to see japan sign him just so I don’t have to see him in MLB anymore. Cant stand this guy and his attitude. And Im going to throw one more thing out there, has anyone else noticed that he could barley top 95 when he threw for the angels, then he goes to tampa and can hit 101mph? Just throwing it out there… :)

  17. GoForThree 2 years ago


  18. Clayton Wilson 2 years ago

    He might, but he’ll likely get close to what he’s asking. Have you not been paying attention to the kind of money relievers are getting these days?

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