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56 Fernando Rodney RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 3/18/1977 | Birthplace: Samana, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 46/25 | Average Draft Position: 127.91
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Mariners believe former closer Fernando Rodney tipping pitches


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Mariners coaches believe deposed closer Fernando Rodney has been tipping his pitches before his delivery, per the Seattle Times, which is further reporting that he has been working to solve the problem.

Rodney has allowed at least one earned run in six of his last eight appearances and has lifted his ERA on the season to 5.90.


Fernando Rodney takes loss for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney allowed a solo home run with two outs in the eighth inning to take the loss, Sunday against the Yankees. 

Rodney entered a tie game to start the eighth, his fourth straight appearance in a non-save situation. He allowed a run for the fourth time in the last five games and a homer for the third time in the last five. 


Mariners closer Fernando Rodney notches 16th save of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney recorded his 19th save of the year in Sunday's win over the Athletics.

Rodney closed out the ninth inning, though it took him 26 pitches to do so. He allowed a walk, one hit but did strike out a batter in the process.

Rodney (2-3) has a 5.18 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 17 walks in 33 innings of relief this season.


Mariners hope Fernando Rodney can reclaim closer job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney converted his first save opportunity since June 2 on Friday. 

Rodney was taken out of the closer role at the start of the month, but Friday's appearance may be a sign that he's ready to get his job back. 

“My hope,” manager Lloyd McClendon said, “is Rodney becomes that lock-down ninth-inning guy again. I think we’re a better club if he’s in the ninth," per the News Tribune.


Mariners' Fernando Rodney earns first save of June


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney recorded his 15th save of the year, Friday against the Angels. 

It was Rodney's first save since May 29. He allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth, to protect a two-run lead. 

Rodney hasn't allowed a run in the last six outings, and Friday's hit was the first he's allowed over that stretch. 


Mariners ready to put Fernando Rodney back in closer's role?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith will remain manager Lloyd McClendon's top choice to close out games. However, it appears Fernando Rodney might be closer to regaining the ninth-inning role after throwing three straight scoreless outings.

“Obviously, Carson has done a nice job,” McClendon said Wednesday, per The News Tribune. “I’ve said all along the biggest question with Carson is the ability to go back-to-back and, sometimes, back-to-back-to-back (or) three out of five.

“I will say this: Probably on days when Smith can not go, you might see Rodney or a combination of Rodney and somebody else.”

McClendon is really pleased to see Rodney getting on track.

“A lot of ground balls,” McClendon said. “A lot of strikes. Adding and subtracting from the fastball. Slowing down and letting the arm catch up. He’s close.

“Listen, we need Fernando Rodney if we’re going to be successful this year. I think he’s well on his way back to being that pitcher that we all want him to be. When he’s hitting his spots, he can get easy outs.”


Mariners' McClendon not ready to put Rodney back in closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Since being removed as the Mariners closer, Fernando Rodney has made two appearances, allowing one run on two hits and one walk in two innings. He also has two strikeouts.

Unfortunately, those hopeful that Rodney would make a quick return to the closer's role will be disappointed, as manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday the veteran reliever isn't ready to resume his ninth-inning duties.

"I’m not sure he’s quite ready to go back to the closer’s role," McClendon said, per the Tacoma News Tribune. "We’ll use him where we think he fits the best.

"He’s getting better. He’s still working on things every day. It’s coming. It’s not quite there yet."


Mariners RP Fernando Rodney still a key component of bullpen


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/9/2015) Though Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has removed reliever Fernando Rodney from the closer's role, it doesn't appear the move is permanent

McClendon told MLB Network Radio, "for us to be successful we need Rodney to be a viable part"

Rodney owns 14 saves this season, but has not recorded one since May 29. The right-hander has been scored upon in four of his last five outings, which has left him with a hefty 6.94 ERA for the season.


Fernando Rodney out for now as Mariners closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Lloyd McClendon has declared that Fernando Rodney is out as closer for the Mariners. It remains to be seen how long he will be removed from that role.

McClendon said Sunday that if his team needed a closer, it would not be Rodney. Carson Smith served in that capacity Saturday night and recorded his first career save.

Rodney, who owns a 6.94 ERA with three blown saves in 17 opportunities, has been working with pitching coach Rick Waits and bullpen coach Mike Rojas. McClendon told the Tacoma News-Tribune that Rodney is trying to "break down some things, and [trying] to get it straightened out."

Smith is not the lone candidate to close in his absence. McClendon also mentioned Charlie Furbush and Mark Lowe as possibilities.


Fernando Rodney suffers loss in relief for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney suffered a loss in a non-save situation on Friday. 

Rodney entered a scoreless game in the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff solo home run for the only run scored by either team on the night.

Rodney dropped to 2-3 on the year.  


McClendon continues to stand behind Fernando Rodney as M's closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Once again, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon stood behind veteran closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday after he suffered his third blown save Tuesday against the Yankees. The right-hander has a 6.85 ERA through 23 appearances.

"The fact is he’s our closer," McClendon said, per The News Tribune. "We need him. We’re going to need him to be successful.

“I think people talk very lightly about changing closers. That’s fine, but you’ve got to have someone to do it. You don’t just throw anybody into the ninth inning and say, `Well, let him do it.' The old adage that anybody can do it…that’s just not the case.”

Rookie Carson Smith is enjoying a nice start to his career, but McClendon isn't even close to linking his name as a potential option for the closer's role, if Rodney continues to struggle.

“We have to be careful with him,” McClendon said, “particularly with his innings. Particularly with back-to-back-to-back (situations). I’m not sure if he can do that. I think his velocity goes down quite a bit.

“He doesn’t yet have his man muscles. He needs to mature and continue to develop. He’s doing a nice job, but I think part of him doing a nice job is the fact we’ve put him in positions where he can be successful. When you’re a closer, you don’t have that (luxury). It is what it is, and you’ve got to go in and get it done.”


Mariners closer Fernando Rodney coughs up another save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney was charged with a blown save Tuesday night against the Yankees.

Rodney permitted a run-scoring single to Stephen Drew with two outs in the ninth to send the game to extras. He was charged with one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out one over one inning of work. Of his 23 pitches, 13 were strikes.

Rodney has blown two of the last three save chances. He owns a 6.85 ERA, a 1.79 WHIP and 20:12 K:BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings.


Mariners' McLendon: ERA doesn't matter for Fernando Rodney


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Every save seems to be an adventure for Mariners closer Fernando Rodney, but manager Lloyd McClendon continues to be Rodney's biggest supporter, telling MLB.com that "ERA means nothing when it comes to closers."

Rodney is 14-for-16 this season in save opportunities but his ERA has skyrocketed to 7.08 after allowing a run in seven of his 10 appearances in May. Still, McLendon will continue to send this closer out in high-stakes situations. 

"And I've been known to stand up for my players, so I'm standing up for my closer," McLendon said. "He's pretty [darn] good. … What matters is whether or not you can get it done and close the game out."


Shaky Fernando Rodney earns 14th save for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney couldn't preserve the shutout, but he earned his 14th save in Friday's win over Cleveland. 

Rodney allowed a run on one hit and a walk in the ninth inning. He struck out one and was able to save Seattle's 2-1 win. 


Mariners' Fernando Rodney gets win after blowing save


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney blew his second save of the year but earned the win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Rodney snapped a string of 11 straight save opportunities converted, blowing his first save since April 14. He was unable to preserve a three-run lead, allowing the first four runners to reach base in the ninth. 

Rodney allowed three runs on three hits. He walked one and hit a batter. 

The Mariners scored the game-winning run in the tenth to give Rodney the win, improving his record to 2-2. 


Mariners P Fernando Rodney converts save vs. Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney earned his 13th save of the season in Monday night's 4-1 win over the Rays. 

Rodney pitched the ninth inning and allowed one hit. It was the first time he got through the ninth without an earned run since an appearance against Oakland on May 8. Rodney now has a 5.89 ERA this season. 


Mariners closer Fernando Rodney finally fine in ninth Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has been struggling so mightily when entering one-run games lately that some have called for his job. But he certainly calmed the critics Saturday.

Rodney entered and exited with the score 3-2 in snagging his 12th save. He struck out Danny Valencia and Chris Colabello in retiring the Blue Jays in order.

"He gets those one-run leads, I think he's a little bit more focused," manager Lloyd McClendon said to MLB.com. "Three-run lead, he's a little more relaxed. It's just the animal that most closers are. It's not just him. I've seen it with other guys, too. It gets within one or two, and they tighten down."

That ended a streak of four poor performances and five of six in which Rodney allowed at least one run to raise his ERA to a disturbing 6.61.


Mariners' McClendon not worried about Fernando Rodney's high ERA


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has allowed at least one run in five of his six appearances in May, resulting in a 9.00 ERA this month. Despite some shaky outings, Rodney has converted nine straight saves since his only blown save of the season April 14.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't appear worried at all about Rodney's high ERA (6.61).

“I don’t think you worry about his ERA much,” McClendon said prior to Saturday’s game, per MLB.com. “A lot of that is inflated from (two early season games). My old skipper told me this a long time ago. Your responsibility as a manager is to get the ball to your closer in the ninth inning. After that, what are you going to do? He either wins it or loses it.”

Rodney entered Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a three-run lead. He allowed two runs on two hits, including a home run, before recording his 11th save.

“He gets those one-run leads, I think he’s a little bit more focused,” McClendon said. “Three-run lead, he’s a little more relaxed. It’s just the animal that most closers are. It’s not just him. I’ve seen it with other guys, too. It gets within one or two and they tighten down."


Mariners P Fernando Rodney gets save despite giving up HR


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney picked up his 11th save of the season in Friday night's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. 

However, Rodney made things quite interesting with his performance. With the Mariners up 4-1, Rodney allowed two runs on a two-run home run from Chris Colabello in the ninth inning.

Rodney was able to escape the inning with the Mariners' win intact but it wasn't something Seattle had hoped for. 

Rodney's ERA is now at 6.61 for the year. 


Mariners' Fernando Rodney allows run, earns 10th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney surrendered one earned run on three hits but struck out two and earned his 10th save in his team's 4-2 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.

Rodney has surrendered runs in four of his last five appearances, including three straight, but he's managed three saves during that stretch and just one loss. His recent string of earned runs has given the closer a 5.87 ERA and 16:8 K:BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings.


Mariners closer Fernando Rodney survives scare for save on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney gave up a run, but still managed to close the door on the Athletics in the ninth inning of Seattle's 4-3 win, earning his ninth save of the season.

With one out, Rodney served up a solo home run to Stephen Vogt over the right field wall to close the gap to one run. But Rodney didn't waver, as he got Ike Davis to fly out and struck out Coco Crisp to end the game.

Rodney moved his ERA to 5.40 in 13 1/3 innings of work with 14 strikeouts against seven walks.


Mariners' Fernando Rodney allows homer, earns save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney gave up a home run in the ninth inning Monday but was able to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Angels for his eighth save.

Rodney retired the first batter he faced in the ninth inning but then served up a homer to center field to bring the Angels within one. After another out, the closer put a man on base with a walk, but catcher Mike Zunino was able to throw out a pinch-runner on a steal attempt to finish the game.

Rodney owns a 5.56 ERA and 11:7 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.


Busy Mariners closer Fernando Rodney to rest Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Lloyd McClendon seemed to be stating the obvious when he told the Tacoma News Tribune it's "highly unlikely" that Mariners closer Fernando Rodney will make it to the mound Thursday in Houston. After all, Rodney has pitched four straight days.

Rodney has been lights-out after a brutal start to the season. He has not given up a run in his last seven appearances, notching five saves in the process. The result is an ERA that has shrunk from 16.20 to 5.23.


Mariners P Fernando Rodney earns save against Rangers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney earned his seventh save of the season in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Rangers. 

Rodney pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out one batter. He now has a 5.23 ERA. 


Mariners closer Fernando Rodney earns second save in as many nights


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney set down the Rangers in order in the ninth inning Tuesday to earn his sixth save of the season and his second in as many nights.

Rodney fanned two batters in the inning and now has 10 strike outs in 9 1/3 innings this season.