Multiple reports say the Mariners have agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney on a two-year deal worth $14 million. There has been no confirmation from the club, but the deal was first reported on Twitter by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com. The News Tribune and other media outlets soon verified the report.
Rodney has agreed to a contract but has not completed a routine physical examination. Once that occurs, the Mariners must make a corresponding move on their 40-man roster to accommodate Rodney.
Rodney, who turns 37 next month, a native of the Dominican Republic, began his major league career as a set-up man with Detroit in 2002 and has also pitched for the L.A. Angels and Tampa Bay Rays. He saved 85 games (out of 95 opportunities) for the Rays over the past two seasons while posting a 1.91 ERA.
Rodney had his best year in 2012 when he saved 45 games, made the American League All-Star team and won the AL Comeback Player of the Year award. He was 13th in Cy Young voting.
Rodney is 2-2 with 15 career saves against the Mariners, who targeted Rodney after blowing 23 saves last year while suffering 13 walk-off losses.