The infamous sideways-cap archer has found a new home in Arizona.
That’s right — since the Miami Marlins decided to part ways with the three-time All-Star, Fernando Rodney is off to the desert. As first reported by Jon Heyman, the deal is a one-year, $2.75 million, incentive-laden contract, and he will serve as the closer.
The Diamondbacks obviously hope they are signing the former Padre rather than the former Marlin; while he finished 2016 with a respectable 3.44 ERA, he allowed only one earned run in 28.1 innings in San Diego. Guess where he gave up the other 24 earned runs…
Prior to Rodney’s signing with the desperately-in-need-of-a-closer Diamondbacks, the Padres were also reportedly close to a homecoming with the closer. Considering Rodney will turn 40 in March, it remains to be seen whether the downward spiral that started in Miami will continue to snowball. Ideally, he’ll tap into some Big Sexy Bartolo Colon magic.