In a classic Rays scrapheap bullpen signing, the team inked Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $4.25 million deal prior to last season, and after Kyle Farnsworth went down with an injury, he assumed closer duties and proceeded to put together a career year. The right-hander saved 48 games and posted a 0.60 ERA, winning AL Comeback Player of the Year honors.
Things have not gone quite as smoothly this season, as he ranks second in baseball with eight blown saves and has seen his ERA spike by over three runs. Despite that, he’s likely to receive a substantial raise over what he made this season, and the Rays will likely let him walk. The late innings have been a question mark all season for the Indians, and with Joe Smith potentially gone in free agency, adding Rodney could help the bullpen.
Source: Joel Reuter, Bleacher Report