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Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Fernando Rodney To One-Year Deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks are signing reliever Fernando Rodney.

12:00 AM ET: The Diamondbacks have reached a one-year deal with Fernando Rodney, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The deal is worth $2.75 million with "many, many incentives," per Heyman.

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11:20 PM ET: According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks are close to signing Fernando Rodney to a deal. Rodney split last season between the San Diego Padres and the Miami Marlins. The terms of the deal are undisclosed at the moment.

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Rodney, 39, is a three-time All-Star, including this season, who had a terrific year with the Padres before being dealt the Marlins in exchange for minor league pitcher Chris Paddack. Rodney is a 14-year veteran of Major League Baseball who has spent time with the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, in addition to the Padres and Marlins. Rodney has 261 career saves and is one of the most notable closers in the past 15 years. 

Rodney will stabilize a closer position that is in flux in Arizona. After the team dealt Tyler Clippard to the New York Yankees and Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox, the Diamondbacks rotated between Jake Barrett, Enrique Burgos and Randall Delgado. The Diamondbacks will likely be in the market for another reliever or two. Rodney also generated interest from his old team the San Diego, and could be an interesting candidate to flip at the deadline. 

The Diamondbacks are not expected to compete next year, but they will likely be looking for ways to build for the future. One of the busiest teams in the majors this offseason, the Diamondbacks have already acquired Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte, and will likely make many more moves as the offseason goes on.


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