Tag:Fernando Rodney
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:42 am

Rodney signs one-year deal with Rays

By Matt Snyder

The latest bullpen reclamation project in Tampa Bay? Walk-plagued Fernando Rodney. The 34-year-old right-hander will sign a one-year contract worth $2 million with the Rays either Wednesday or Thursday, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has learned.

Rodney has been a late-innings reliever throughout his career with flashes of promise. He's always had a good strikeout rate and sometimes it's been outstanding (10.9 K/9 in 2008). Rodney's also saved 87 games in his career. However, he just can't stay out of his own way, allowing far too many baserunners (career 1.46 WHIP). Last season, it got worse, as he walked 28 hitters while striking out just 26 in 32 innings. He also hit three batters and threw two wild pitches. Poor control has led to a 4.29 career ERA and a 4.50 mark last season. Advanced stats (FIP, xFIP, WAR) show Rodney was even worse last season than those numbers indicate, too.


Then again, we've seen the Rays turn things around for struggling relievers before. Last season's biggest example was Kyle Farnsworth. Rodney certainly won't be the closer or initially leaned upon as strictly an eighth-inning guy. He'll just be in the mix late with the likes of Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and J.P. Howell.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: December 15, 2011 7:15 pm

Homegrown Team: Detroit Tigers

By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

For today's installment of the Homegrown series, I can't stop thinking about a certain trade. Earlier this week, I was reminded of the deal anyway. In a pretty minor move, the Rays traded for relief pitcher Burke Badenhop. That's worth discussing here because he was the last standing of six players Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski sent to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera (and Dontrelle Willis, for that matter). To acquire one of the biggest superstars in baseball -- and a now-washed up pitcher -- Dombrowski dealt Badenhop, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Mike Rabelo. Upon Badenhop being dealt, the Marlins now have nothing left to show for the 28-year-old Cabrera. Trahern is stuck in Double-A and appears unlikely to help the big-league club, either.

So, yeah, this homegrown club is missing a huge bat in the middle of the order. But this is also an opportunity to praise Dombrowski for one hell of a trade.


1. Omar Infante, SS
2. Matt Joyce, RF
3. Curtis Granderson, CF
4. Brennan Boesch, 1B
5. Alex Avila, C
6. Cody Ross, DH
7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
8. Cameron Maybin, LF
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Justin Verlander
2. Jair Jurrjens
3. Rick Porcello
4. Guillermo Moscoso
5. Charlie Furbush


Closer - Francisco Cordero
Set up - Fernando Rodney, Joel Zumaya, Jason Frasor, Burke Badenhop, Ryan Perry
Long - Andrew Miller

Notable Bench Players

Will Rhymes, Ryan Raburn, Scott Sizemore, Danny Worth, Brandon Inge, Andy Dirks, Don Kelly, Casper Wells, Andres Torres

What's Good?

That guy sitting atop the starting rotation is pretty decent, no? Getting 34 or so starts out of Justin Verlander gives this ballclub a great chance to win plenty of low-scoring games. Jurrjens is a fine number two as well. I love Avila behind the plate and Maybin in left field would be a defensive force -- most metrics showed Maybin as a far superior defender in center to Granderson this past season, but I went with the logic that Granderson would stay in center as the star of the team. If he wanted to pull a Cal Ripken and move, OK, the defense gets even better. Finally, the bench depth is pretty good, as there are several guys capable of providing good spot starts.

What's Not?

While it's definitely not awful, that batting order leaves a lot to be desired. Joyce is really good and Granderson is great. Otherwise? I'll channel my inner Larry David and just say "eh." There would be an awful lot of pressure on Boesch and Avila in those run producing spots, that's for sure. Also, while it's not horrible, that bullpen bridge to Cordero isn't exactly one that eases the mind. Can you imagine how many cigarettes Jim Leyland would have to choke down to stomach a night with Badenhop, Frasor and Rodney tasked with putting up zeroes? They can do it, but they'll just about give you a heart attack in the process.

Comparison to real 2011

I'll go out on a limb here (please note sarcasm) and say winning 95 games and cruising to the AL Central title is about as realistic with this group as this exercise. A winning record might be possible, as this team feels just mediocre. The likes of Verlander, Granderson, Avila, Joyce and Jurrjens keep them away from "suck" territory. I'd go high-70s in wins with a ceiling of 83 victories.

Next: Houston Astros

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 7:17 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 7:51 pm

Report: Moreno says no more spending

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Arte MorenoAnaheim is hardly out of the American League West race, just three games behind leader Texas and 2 1/2 games behind second-place Seattle, but owner Arte Moreno has already told general manager Tony Reagins not to spend any more money this season, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon writes.

Saxon cites a "baseball source" as saying the Angels won't spend any more money for the rest of the season after eating what was left of Scott Kazmir's $14.5 million salary this season and taking on the albatross contract of .193-hitting Vernon Wells. Oh, and they're still paying Gary Matthews Jr. $12.4 million this season for a grand total around $140 million for the team's 2011 payroll.

The Angels can still make move, but they won't be able to take on any payroll, so a deal would have to be a wash financially or in the Angels' favor.

Reagins has shown a willingness to deal at the deadline in recent years. The Angels added Mark Teixeira in 2008 at the trade deadline and Kazmir a year later. Last year the Angels picked up Alberto Callaspo and Dan Haren for a stretch run. 

The Angels could try to unload Joel Pineiro ($8 million) and Fernando Rodney ($5.5 million) in a search for more offense. They could also try to move Bobby Abreu, who has a vesting option worth $9 million for next season with another 147 plate appearances.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 7:43 pm

Angels put Rodney on the DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fernando RodneyAngels reliever Fernando Rodney has been placed on the disabled list with an upper-back strain, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweets.

Rodney didn't travel with the team to Seattle, staying back to see a doctor for the back and side issues he'd been experiencing of late. The team called up right-hander Bobby Cassevah from Triple-A to take Rodney's spot.

Rodney is 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 appearances this season. He hasn't pitched since Wednesday, when he suffered the loss, allowing a run in extra innings against the Rays. He hadn't pitched for more than a week before that, when he recorded his third save of the season in a victory against the Royals. He also has 10 holds and three blown saves.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:27 pm

Jordan Walden grabs closer's job for Angels

By Evan Brunell

WaldenThat certainly didn't take long. Just days into the season, Angels closer Fernando Rodney has lost his grip on the job as Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

This came on the heels of a FOX Sports report that a scout felt Los Angeles should go with Walden. "He's the only guy they can rely on," the scout said, in an all-too-true evaluation of the sad state of the Angels' bullpen.

Rodney lost his job for ... well, doing what he's always done, which is struggle to find the strike zone. Boasting a career 4.7 BB/9, Rodney has walked four in just 1 1/3 innings so far on the season. Despite whiffing two, Rodney just does not work as a viable closer and the Angels were always kidding themselves that he could work out.

Walden, meanwhile, certainly can. Including the 2 1/3 innings on the season, he's whiffed 28 in 17 2/3 career innings with the 23-year-old making his debut last season. Walden does have eight walks so he's no Curt Schilling, but is loads better than Rodney. Last year in Double-A, Walden pitched 43 innings while striking out 38 and walking 22. However, in the majors, he's been nothing but on fire. Double-digit strikeout rates likely won't happen over the course of a full season, but Walden clearly has the stuff to last in the majors and may have taken a leap forward in his talent, so he could outproduce his minor-league numbers.

Even at his young age, to be considered the "only" guy L.A. can rely on speaks volumes of both himself and his cohorts around him. Hisanori Takahashi is really best used as a long man and it is unclear how he can adjust to the AL. Scott Downs, meanwhile, is injured and we all know about Rodney. Past that, it's a smattering of OK arms, although Kevin Jepsen does appear to be developing into a strong setup man.

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:16 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2011 11:17 pm

3 up, 3 down for 4/3: Teixeira's hot start

By C. Trent Rosecrans

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Mark Teixeira, Yankees -- Mark Teixeira is a notorious slow starter, but as CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller found out this spring, the Yankees first baseman overhauled his offseason routine and started hitting sooner. It appears it worked -- he homered for the third straight game on Sunday, joing Dave Winfield as just the second Yankee to homer in the first three games of the season. Speaking of homers in each of the first three games of the season, Texas' Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler became the first set of teammates to do that.

Jaime Garcia, Cardinals -- There were plenty of people worried about Garcia following a shaky spring. Well, once the games started to count, Garcia was back to his 2010 form. Garcia allowed just four hits in his shutout on Sunday, walking two and striking out a career-high nine against the Padres.

Reds catchers -- You saw what Ramon Hernandez did on opening day, well, he hasn't played since and it hasn't hurt the Reds. Between Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan, Reds catchers are 9 for 12 with three home runs and seven RBI after Hanigan went 4 for 4 with a pair of homers on Sunday's 12-3 victory over Milwaukee.


MLB schedule makers -- Weather was a constant concern this opening weekend, but only one game was called because of the weather, Sunday's Rockies-Diamondbacks game. How difficult is it to look at the schedules and figure out that you've got a better chance of bad weather in Denver in early April than in Arizona? Ozzie Guillen was right, it's "very stupid."

Brian Broderick, Nationals -- In his major-league debut, the Rule 5 pick not only allowed four runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, he also balked in a run when his cleat got caught in the rubber and didn't throw the ball. "I was either going to throw it way over the catcher's head or not throw it at all," Broderick told MASNSports.com.

Angels bullpen -- For the third day in a  row, the Angels' bullpen gave up the lead and took the loss against the Royals. In 16 innings in four games, Angels relievers have allowed 19 hits, 12 runs (nine earned) five homers, 13 walks and 14 strikeouts. Closer Fernando Rodney walked three Royals before allowing a two-out double to Wilson Betimit to tie the game in the ninth on Sunday. Rodney has now walked four of the nine batters he's faced in 2011.

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 1:12 pm

Fuentes still Angels closer, says Scioscia

Brian Fuentes Brian Fuentes may have racked up 48 saves in 2009 for the Angels, but he did so with fans reaching for the bottle.

Fuentes racked up a 3.93 ERA and 1.40 WHIP last season and yet blew just seven saves. As a result, he entered 2010 as the closer despite the team importing Fernando Rodney, formerly of the Tigers.

Fuentes' grip on the closer's gig may be loosening, however, despite manager Mike Scioscia's vote of confidence on Sunday.

"You’re grading on saves and save opportunities and how you’re holding leads if you’re a setup guy -- the things that are important to a team winning games and ERA’s not one of them," Scioscia said to the Orange County Register .

The skipper was referring to Fuente's implosion on Sunday, allowing three runs in the eighth inning during mopup duty. Fuentes was in the game due to not having pitched in a week, but instead saw his ERA spike to 6.23 and WHIP to 1.44.

"A couple bad outings and it’s going to take a long time to get that ERA back where it needs to be," Scioscia said.

He's right, but actions speak louder than words. He summoned Fernando Rodney for a save last Wednesday, and now has six on the season to Fuentes' 10. Rodney's WHIP is not much better than Fuentes at 1.40 but has been able to maintain a 3.29 ERA despite evidence pointing to poor play (his xFIP is 5.12).

Don't be surprised to see the Angels go get late-inning help as the trade deadline nears. The squad is just 3.5 games out of first place despite ranking 27th in baseball in bullpen ERA at 4.98.

-- Evan Brunell

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