ESPN: Mariners to Sign Fernando Rodney


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Rob Carr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) —  The Seattle Mariners and free agent closer Fernando Rodney have agreed to a two-year, $14 million dollar contract, according to ESPN and media reports.

The 36-year-old Rodney has 172 saves over 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, and Tampa Bay Rays.  In 2012 with Tampa Bay, Rodney made the AL All-Star team and finished fifth in Cy Young Award balloting.

The deal includes an additional $500,000 per year in incentives based on games finished.  It will not be completed until Rodney undergoes a physical.

Rodney will step in at closer for a Seattle team that used a combination of Tom Wilhelmsen and Danny Farquhar in 2013.

The Mariners made headlines earlier this offseason when they signed second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract.

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