Padres Points: Rodney, Upton, Weeks

After being connected to Fernando Rodney since the Winter Meetings, the club has finally agreed to terms with the veteran relief pitcher, according to a tweet by Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Rodney gets a guaranteed $1.6 million and has a club option for 2017 worth $2 million against a $400,000 buyout, reports Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. The deal also includes $5 million in annual incentives that would also escalate the 2017 option. Lin reports if all the incentives are earned, the value of the contract could reach $18.6 million.

After All Star campaigns in 2012 and 2014 for the Rays and Mariners, respectively, Rodney had a down season. Rodney struggled mightily as the Mariners closer in 2015 which included 6 blown saves and then was traded to the Cubs, where he did perform better in a small sample size of 12 innings

Last season, he finished 7-5 with a 4.74 ERA, pitching 62.2 innings and giving up 33 earned runs over that time.

The Padres are hoping Rodney will return to his 2014 form. This move adds experience to the back of the bullpen, something they lacked before the signing.

This signing will allow Kevin Quackenbush and perhaps Jon Edwards to compete for the setup role in Spring Training.

Friar Notes

  • In a recent interview on the Mighty 1090, Padres president Mike Dee stated that a Justin Upton re-signing was something that wasn’t ever going to fit in the club’s future plans.
  • Also in the interview, it was stated the team isn’t necessarily done yet making decisions and with some offseason left, he hinted they still could make other moves. In theory, the team could still upgrade left field, which is currently looking to be a platoon situation come Opening Day. While it seems unlikely something will pan out, the team did shock the baseball world last offseason when they signed James Shields in early February.
 Friar Moves
  • With the signing of shortstop Alexei Ramirez becoming official, the team has designated outfielder Rymer Liriano (signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2007) for assignment. Liriano, a once high upside prospect never got a real opportunity to show off his skill set. Besides a stint in September 2014, when he hit .220/.289/.266 with a home run and 6 RBI. It is hard to figure that he doesn’t get an opportunity with another team, perhaps even competing for a roster spot come Spring Training if he is claimed off waivers.
  • The Padres have signed infielder Jemile Weeks (1st round, Athletics, 2008) to a minor league contract, tweets Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Weeks has had stints in the major leagues with the Red Sox the past two seasons, but hasn’t seen significant playing time since 2012. His best season came in 2011, when he hit .311/.340/.421 for the Athletics. This continues an interesting trend for the club, who have signed or acquired the likes of Jose Pirela and Adam Rosales, both who some say are seen as utility players.

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