Fernando Rodney set to close for the Mariners

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have their new closer.

Fernando Rodney took part in Seattle's first workout for pitchers and catchers Thursday, soon after the reliever signed a two-year contract worth $14 million.

Rodney reported to spring training on Wednesday and passed his physical, clearing the way for the Mariners to add him to their 40-man roster and announce his contract.

"It feels good to be here," Rodney said. "You guys know my situation. I just try to come in and close the game. I think we have the right guys here."

The 36-year-old Rodney was 5-4 with 37 saves and a 3.38 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. He ranked second in the American League in saves and ERA over the past two seasons, with a combined 85 saves and a 1.91 ERA.

The Dominican right-hander said three other teams were interested in signing him — Baltimore, the New York Mets and Cleveland. Rodney has a history with Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who was the bullpen coach in Detroit when Rodney played for the Tigers.

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