As reported by SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, among other sources, the San Diego Padres have agreed to a contract with former closer Fernando Rodney. The deal is guaranteed for one season and $2 million, with an additional $2 million club option for the 2017 season.
This contract represents a large pay cut for Rodney, who had just completed a two-year, $14 million contract that he had agreed to with the Seattle Mariners before the 2014 season. After pitching to a 5.68 ERA in 54 appearances with the Mariners last season, Seattle traded him to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. Rodney’s brief tenure in Chicago was surprisingly dominant, as he pitched with a 0.75 ERA across 14 appearances.
After dominating the offseason news before the 2015 season, the Padres and General Manager A.J. Preller have laid surprisingly low this offseason. Rodney is just the third free agent that the team has signed this winter, with Carlos Villanueva and Alexi Ramirez being the others, all of whom are in their thirties and agreed to one-year deals.