Seattle Mariners sign closer Fernando Rodney

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in an...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in an American League playoff game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Seattle Mariners signed free agent closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year contract Thursday.

The 36-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic signed for $14 million, according to media reports.

Rodney went 5-4 with 37 saves and a 3.38 earned run average for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, following a breakthrough season in which he saved 48 games with a miniscule 0.60 ERA.

Rodney's signing came in the wake of news that Seattle outfielder Franklin Gutierrez will miss the entire 2014 season due to ongoing gastrointestinal issues.

Adding the hard-throwing closer was the latest move in a busy offseason for the Mariners, striving to improve on their 71-91 record of last year.

Seattle made a huge splash by signing slugging free agent second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal, also added power-hitting outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart to liven up their offense.


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