By Liz Alper
Photo credit to Keith Allison on Flickr
January 24, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres continue to add veterans to their roster. On Friday, they signed veteran closer Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal with a base salary of $1.6 million, with $5 million for incentives and an option for 2017 worth $2 million and with a $400,000 buyout.
Rodney replaces closer Craig Kimbrel, who the Friars traded to the Boston Red Sox last month.
Last year with the Seattle Mariners, Rodney started the season poorly and was designated for assignment. He had only one month with an Earned Run Average of under 3.00 and four months with an ERA over 4.00 and one month with an ERA over 8.00.
After he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, however, Rodney started to return to the ace closer we know him as. He finished the last two months of the regular season with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings. Rodney only gave up one earned run in 12 total innings with the Cubs, striking out 15 batters and walking only four.
Drafted in 2002 by the Mariners, Rodney has always been a reliable closer and the Padres are looking for him to return to his old form this season. Prior to his poor start with Seattle last year, Rodney had a good four-year pitching record before that, pitching a 2.80 ERA.