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Twins Sign Fernando Rodney To 1 Year $4.5 Million

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  • Twins Sign Fernando Rodney To 1 Year $4.5 Million

    Twins, closer Fernando Rodney reach 1-year deal

    The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with closer Fernando Rodney, according to multiple reports Thursday.

    The deal, first reported by Sirius XM, could reach $6 million with incentives and is pending a physical.

    Rodney went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season in his one season in Arizona. He was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason and enjoyed a reliable year as closer, as the Diamondbacks reached the National League Division Series.

    After two down seasons with four different teams, Rodney bounced back with a solid campaign in 2017 and finished the season with the third-most saves in the National League. He improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.50) by almost 1.

    Rodney, who will turn 41 on March 18, ranks sixth in the majors among active pitchers in career saves (300) and has a 3.73 ERA in 14 major league seasons with eight teams. He made an All-Star team three times, including in 2012, when he had a career-high 48 saves and a 0.60 ERA with the Rays.

    Rodney, from the Dominican Republic, is known for his shoot-the-arrow pantomime after he finishes off saves.