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Fernando Rodney PAthletics

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Birth Date3-18-1977
Height5' 11"
Weight230 lbs
Age41 years, 4 months, 28 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2002 DET MLB 20 0 18.0 1 3 0 25 10 10 2 .267 98 12.5 5.0 1.0 5.0 39% .343 .334 1.94 5.05 6.00 112 8.39 180.0 -0.6
2003 DET MLB 27 0 29.7 1 3 3 35 17 33 2 .263 97 10.6 5.2 0.6 10.0 39% .367 .296 1.75 3.56 6.07 89 4.79 100.5 0.2
2005 DET MLB 39 0 44.0 2 3 9 39 17 42 5 .263 102 8.0 3.5 1.0 8.6 41% .286 .250 1.27 3.90 2.86 87 4.62 99.4 0.4
2006 DET MLB 63 0 71.7 7 4 7 51 34 65 6 .261 106 6.4 4.3 0.8 8.2 58% .236 .222 1.19 4.21 3.52 98 3.85 78.4 1.4
2007 DET MLB 48 0 50.7 2 6 1 46 21 54 5 .261 104 8.2 3.7 0.9 9.6 49% .293 .260 1.32 3.87 4.26 88 3.62 74.9 1.0
2008 DET MLB 38 0 40.3 0 6 13 34 30 49 3 .262 105 7.6 6.7 0.7 10.9 43% .301 .265 1.59 4.14 4.91 98 4.46 95.1 0.4
2009 DET MLB 73 0 75.7 2 5 37 70 41 61 8 .260 104 8.3 4.9 1.0 7.3 58% .284 .254 1.47 4.60 4.40 93 5.04 108.2 0.2
2010 ANA MLB 72 0 68.0 4 3 14 70 35 53 4 .260 98 9.3 4.6 0.5 7.0 51% .314 .278 1.54 4.01 4.24 116 5.19 117.1 -0.2
2011 ANA MLB 39 0 32.0 3 5 3 26 28 26 1 .261 98 7.3 7.9 0.3 7.3 59% .272 .260 1.69 4.74 4.50 117 6.42 149.3 -0.6
2012 TBA MLB 76 0 74.7 2 2 48 43 15 76 2 .264 94 5.2 1.8 0.2 9.2 59% .220 .172 0.78 2.07 0.60 74 2.27 52.0 2.2
2013 TBA MLB 68 0 66.7 5 4 37 53 36 82 3 .268 94 7.2 4.9 0.4 11.1 50% .298 .255 1.33 2.86 3.38 75 3.03 72.6 1.3
2014 SEA MLB 69 0 66.3 1 6 48 61 28 76 3 .262 90 8.3 3.8 0.4 10.3 51% .330 .260 1.34 2.86 2.85 94 2.94 72.0 1.3
2015 CHN 0 14 0 12.0 2 0 0 8 4 15 1 .265 97 6.0 3.0 0.8 11.2 57% .259 .232 1.00 3.49 0.75 102 3.28 76.5 0.2
2015 SEA 0 54 0 50.7 5 5 16 51 25 43 8 .258 99 9.1 4.4 1.4 7.6 51% .295 .295 1.50 5.23 5.68 117 5.50 128.5 -0.5
2016 MIA 0 39 0 36.7 2 3 8 41 25 41 5 .275 90 10.1 6.1 1.2 10.1 54% .360 .319 1.80 5.01 5.89 95 5.44 120.4 -0.2
2016 SDN 0 28 0 28.7 0 1 17 13 12 33 0 .268 94 4.1 3.8 0.0 10.4 60% .210 .162 0.87 2.34 0.31 83 3.86 85.3 0.4
2017 ARI MLB 61 0 55.3 5 4 39 40 26 65 3 .273 98 6.5 4.2 0.5 10.6 54% .274 .221 1.19 3.04 4.23 87 3.82 81.3 0.8
2018 MIN 0 46 0 43.7 3 2 25 42 19 50 5 .263 104 8.7 3.9 1.0 10.3 45% .319 .248 1.40 3.83 3.09 96 3.80 84.9 0.6
2018 OAK 0 3 0 3.0 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 .249 94 6.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 29% .286 .175 0.67 1.18 0.00 94 3.43 76.8 0.1
2015 TOT MLB 68 0 62.7 7 5 16 59 29 58 9 .259 98 8.5 4.2 1.3 8.3 52% .289 .284 1.40 4.90 4.74 114 5.08 118.6 -0.3
2016 TOT MLB 67 0 65.3 2 4 25 54 37 74 5 .272 92 7.4 5.1 0.7 10.2 56% .302 .259 1.39 3.84 3.44 90 4.74 105.0 0.2
2018 TOT MLB 49 0 46.7 4 2 25 44 19 53 5 .262 103 8.5 3.7 1.0 10.2 44% .317 .244 1.35 3.66 2.89 96 3.77 84.6 0.6
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1999 LAK A+ 4 0 6.3 1 0 2 7 1 5 0 .000 10.0 1.4 0.0 7.1 0% -1.167 .000 1.27 2.31 1.43 0 0.00 0.0
2000 WMI A 22 10 82.7 6 4 0 74 35 56 2 .000 8.1 3.8 0.2 6.1 0% -.774 .000 1.32 3.51 2.94 0 0.00 0.0
2001 LAK A+ 16 9 55.3 4 2 0 53 19 44 2 .000 8.6 3.1 0.3 7.2 0% -.773 .000 1.30 3.16 3.42 0 0.00 0.0
2001 ERI AA 4 0 6.3 0 0 1 7 3 8 1 .000 10.0 4.3 1.4 11.4 0% -.500 .000 1.59 4.16 4.29 0 0.00 0.0
2002 DET MLB 20 0 18.0 1 3 0 25 10 10 2 .267 98 12.5 5.0 1.0 5.0 39% .343 .334 1.94 5.05 6.00 112 8.39 180.0
2002 ERI AA 21 0 20.3 1 0 11 14 5 18 0 .000 6.2 2.2 0.0 8.0 0% .259 .000 0.94 2.15 1.33 0 0.00 0.0
2002 TOL AAA 20 0 22.3 1 1 4 13 9 25 1 .000 5.2 3.6 0.4 10.1 0% .222 .000 0.99 2.78 0.81 0 0.00 0.0
2003 DET MLB 27 0 29.7 1 3 3 35 17 33 2 .263 97 10.6 5.2 0.6 10.0 39% .367 .296 1.75 3.56 6.07 89 4.79 100.5
2003 TOL AAA 38 0 40.7 1 1 23 22 13 58 0 .000 4.9 2.9 0.0 12.8 0% .272 .000 0.86 1.69 1.33 0 0.00 0.0
2003 esc Wnt 10 0 17.0 1 1 3 6 5 22 1 .000 3.2 2.6 0.5 11.6 0% -.172 .000 0.65 2.35 0.53 0 0.00 0.0
2005 DET MLB 39 0 44.0 2 3 9 39 17 42 5 .263 102 8.0 3.5 1.0 8.6 41% .286 .250 1.27 3.90 2.86 87 4.62 99.4
2005 TOL AAA 3 0 3.0 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 .266 104 6.0 3.0 0.0 12.0 29% .286 .240 1.00 3.53 3.00 98 4.51 100.0
2006 DET MLB 63 0 71.7 7 4 7 51 34 65 6 .261 106 6.4 4.3 0.8 8.2 58% .236 .222 1.19 4.21 3.52 98 3.85 78.4
2006 DOM wor 3 0 2.0 0 0 1 2 2 3 0 .000 9.0 9.0 0.0 13.5 0% .286 .000 2.00 2.05 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 DET MLB 48 0 50.7 2 6 1 46 21 54 5 .261 104 8.2 3.7 0.9 9.6 49% .293 .260 1.32 3.87 4.26 88 3.62 74.9
2007 TOL AAA 4 0 3.0 0 0 0 4 2 4 0 .232 90 12.0 6.0 0.0 12.0 33% .333 .288 2.00 2.50 0.00 97 4.36 101.6
2008 DET MLB 38 0 40.3 0 6 13 34 30 49 3 .262 105 7.6 6.7 0.7 10.9 43% .301 .265 1.59 4.14 4.91 98 4.46 95.1
2008 TOL AAA 4 0 5.3 1 0 0 3 5 8 1 .267 92 5.1 8.5 1.7 13.6 45% .200 .256 1.51 6.14 6.79 93 4.25 93.2
2009 DET MLB 73 0 75.7 2 5 37 70 41 61 8 .260 104 8.3 4.9 1.0 7.3 58% .284 .254 1.47 4.60 4.40 93 5.04 108.2
2010 ANA MLB 72 0 68.0 4 3 14 70 35 53 4 .260 98 9.3 4.6 0.5 7.0 51% .314 .278 1.54 4.01 4.24 116 5.19 117.1
2011 ANA MLB 39 0 32.0 3 5 3 26 28 26 1 .261 98 7.3 7.9 0.3 7.3 59% .272 .260 1.69 4.74 4.50 117 6.42 149.3
2011 SBR A+ 2 1 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 .303 91 9.0 4.5 0.0 13.5 60% .400 .253 1.50 2.44 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 ESC Wnt 8 0 8.0 0 0 3 5 2 6 0 .000 5.6 2.2 0.0 6.8 0% .200 .000 0.88 2.31 1.12 0 0.00 0.0
2012 TBA MLB 76 0 74.7 2 2 48 43 15 76 2 .264 94 5.2 1.8 0.2 9.2 59% .220 .172 0.78 2.07 0.60 74 2.27 52.0
2013 TBA MLB 68 0 66.7 5 4 37 53 36 82 3 .268 94 7.2 4.9 0.4 11.1 50% .298 .255 1.33 2.86 3.38 75 3.03 72.6
2013 DOM int 6 0 5.3 0 0 5 1 3 4 0 .000 1.7 5.1 0.0 6.8 0% .083 .000 0.75 3.81 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 SEA MLB 69 0 66.3 1 6 48 61 28 76 3 .262 90 8.3 3.8 0.4 10.3 51% .330 .260 1.34 2.86 2.85 94 2.94 72.0
2015 CHN MLB 14 0 12.0 2 0 0 8 4 15 1 .265 97 6.0 3.0 0.8 11.2 57% .259 .232 1.00 3.49 0.75 102 3.28 76.5
2015 SEA MLB 54 0 50.7 5 5 16 51 25 43 8 .258 99 9.1 4.4 1.4 7.6 51% .295 .295 1.50 5.23 5.68 117 5.50 128.5
2016 MIA MLB 39 0 36.7 2 3 8 41 25 41 5 .275 90 10.1 6.1 1.2 10.1 54% .360 .319 1.80 5.01 5.89 95 5.44 120.4
2016 SDN MLB 28 0 28.7 0 1 17 13 12 33 0 .268 94 4.1 3.8 0.0 10.4 60% .210 .162 0.87 2.34 0.31 83 3.86 85.3
2016 ESC Wnt 2 0 1.7 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 .000 0.0 16.2 0.0 10.8 0% .000 .000 1.80 5.68 10.80 0 0.00 0.0
2017 ARI MLB 61 0 55.3 5 4 39 40 26 65 3 .273 98 6.5 4.2 0.5 10.6 54% .274 .221 1.19 3.04 4.23 87 3.82 81.3
2018 MIN MLB 46 0 43.7 3 2 25 42 19 50 5 .263 104 8.7 3.9 1.0 10.3 45% .319 .248 1.40 3.83 3.09 96 3.80 84.9
2018 OAK MLB 3 0 3.0 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 .249 94 6.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 29% .286 .175 0.67 1.18 0.00 94 3.43 76.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 729 0.5130 0.4513 0.7021 0.5963 0.2986 0.7578 0.5849 0.2979
2009 1323 0.5132 0.4150 0.7741 0.5434 0.2795 0.8374 0.6444 0.2259
2010 1274 0.5078 0.4380 0.7688 0.5719 0.2998 0.8351 0.6383 0.2312
2011 617 0.4635 0.3955 0.7828 0.5559 0.2568 0.8931 0.5765 0.2172
2012 1089 0.4839 0.4426 0.6867 0.5484 0.3434 0.7543 0.5855 0.3133
2013 1200 0.4767 0.4200 0.6806 0.5717 0.2818 0.7431 0.5650 0.3194
2014 1114 0.4937 0.4273 0.7353 0.5727 0.2855 0.8190 0.5714 0.2647
2015 1089 0.4619 0.4059 0.7421 0.5706 0.2645 0.8223 0.5935 0.2579
2016 1136 0.4410 0.4322 0.6904 0.6008 0.2992 0.7940 0.5263 0.3096
2017 975 0.4605 0.4113 0.6833 0.5991 0.2510 0.7770 0.4924 0.3167
2018 806 0.4690 0.4491 0.7099 0.6376 0.2827 0.8133 0.5041 0.2901
Career113520.48150.42620.72350.57680.2870.80260.57530.2765

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-28 2012-04-03 Camp 6 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball - -
2011-06-09 2011-07-22 15-DL 43 35 Upper Back Strain -
2011-03-08 2011-03-17 Camp 9 0 General Medical Illness Flu -
2010-02-18 2010-03-15 Camp 25 0 Bilateral Lower Leg Soreness Shin -
2008-03-30 2008-06-16 60-DL 78 69 Right Shoulder Recovery From Previous Injury Impingement -
2008-02-28 2008-03-30 Camp 31 0 Right Shoulder Impingement -
2007-06-24 2007-08-04 15-DL 41 35 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2007-05-21 2007-06-05 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2007-04-22 2007-04-25 DTD 3 3 Neck Stiffness -
2005-03-29 2005-06-09 15-DL 72 57 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2004-03-26 2004-10-04 60-DL 192 162 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2004-04-29 -
2004-03-14 2004-03-26 Camp 12 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2001-07-13 2001-08-11 Minors 29 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2001-05-22 2001-07-02 Minors 41 0 Right Forearm Strain - -
2000-08-14 2000-09-08 Minors 25 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 OAK $250,000
2018 MIN $4,250,000
2017 ARI $2,750,000
2016 SDN $1,600,000
2015 SEA $7,000,000
2014 SEA $7,000,000
2013 TBA $2,500,000
2012 TBA $1,750,000
2011 ANA $5,500,000
2010 ANA $5,500,000
2009 DET $2,700,000
2008 DET $1,700,000
2007 DET $1,000,000
2006 DET $385,000
2005 DET $318,500
2004 ANA $304,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$40,007,500
2018Current$4,250,000
15 yrPvs + Cur$44,257,500
1 yrFuture$250,000
16 yrTotal$44,507,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 137 dOctagon1 year/$4.5M (2018), 2019 option

Details
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2018), plus 2019 club option. Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/14/17. 18:$4.25M, 19:$4.25M club option ($0.25M buyout). Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 35, 40, 45, 50 games finished. $0.3M each for 50, 55, 60, 65 games. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Minnesota 8/9/18 with $1,438,172 remaining on contract ($1,188,172 in 2018, $0.25M for 2019 buyout).
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2017). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/7/16. Performance bonuses $0.25M each for 40, 50, 60 relief appearances. $0.5M for 70 relief appearances. $0.25M for 40 games finished. $0.5M each for 50, 60 GF. $0.75M each for 65, 70 GF.
  • 1 year/$2M (2016), plus 2017 club option. Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/16. 16:$1.6M, 17:$2M club option ($0.4M buyout). Price of 2017 option increases based on amount earned in performance bonuses in 2016 season. Annual performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 40, 50, 60 games. $0.25M each for 20, 30 games finished. $0.5M each for 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 GF. Acquired by Miami in trade from San Diego 6/30/16. Miami declined 2017 option 11/16.
  • 2 years/$14M (2014-15). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 2/7/14. 14:$7M, 15:$7M. May earn additional $1M in performance bonuses. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade 8/27/15 after being DFA by Seattle 8/23/15.
  • 1 year/$2M (2012), plus 2013 club option. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/4/12. 12:$1.75M, 13:$2.5M club option, $0.25M buyout. Tampa Bay exercised 2013 option 10/31/12.
  • 2 years/$11M (2010-11). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 12/24/09. 10:$5.5M, 11:$5.5M.
  • 1 year/$2.7M (2009). Re-signed by Detroit 1/14/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 2 years/$2.7M (2007-08). Signed extension with Detroit 1/07, replacing 1 year/$1.05M deal signed 1/07, avoiding arbitration. 07:$1M, 08:$1.7M. $0.5M in performance bonuses. Recalled 8/4/07.
  • 1 year/$0.385M (2006). Re-signed by Detroit 2/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3185M (2005). Re-signed by Detroit 1/05.
  • 1 year/$0.304M (2004). Re-signed by Detroit 2/04.
  • 1 year (2003). Re-signed by Detroit 1/03. Optioned to Triple-A 3/03, 7/03. Recalled 8/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Contract purchased by Detroit 11/01. Signed 1/02. Optioned to Triple-A 8/02. Recalled 9/02.
  • Signed by Detroit 1997 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .249 .362 .380 .287
11 vs R (Multi) .215 .311 .314 .236
18 Split (Multi) .034 .051 .066 .051
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .241 .364 .362 .285
31 vs R (2016) .215 .321 .289 .232
38 Split (2016) .027 .043 .073 .053
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a league that does not value strikeouts, who are the best bets to close most of the season in Miami, Arizona and Milwaukee?
(Chopper from Indy)
I'm most confident here in Milwaukee, because I actually believe in the strides Neftali Feliz has made (or at least has been reported to have made) in his velocity. I have some shares of AJ Ramos so it pains me to admit that it's likely Kyle Barraclough overcomes him if he even has half of his last year's season, but I think they split the share of saves pretty evenly.

I completely hate the bullpen situation in Arizona and would not want any part of it, so I'll make a bold prediction here. I think Fernando Rodney doesn't really latch on in any real way and that Jake Barrett (while the natural choice to take over as closer) is passed over in favor of Archie Bradley, who becomes a bullpen ace and a top 5 NL closer. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)We've been (mildly) surprised by some Saves leaders in the first third of the season - Jeanmar Gomez, David Robertson among them. Who are your picks for surprising save contributions for the next few months?
(Yes Cheese from Cheese Nation)
Brad Hand if/when Fernando Rodney implodes and Jumbo Diaz, just because that's a fun name to write. (Mike Gianella)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Give us some sleeper guys who could lead MLB in saves this year. Guys who aren't rostered in most standard leagues. Thanks.
(Alex from CA)
Fernando Rodney? I'm not sure how many full-time closers would be available in standard leagues, and to lead the league in saves, someone would have to be the full-time closer starting, well, right now, roughly. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)I have Tanaka, T Ross, and McCullers on my dynasty team. It's always a feeling of impending doom, but the adrenaline is always fun.
(Alex from CA)
I have three shares of Fernando Rodney. I know the feeling. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28888 (Scooter Hotz)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Who do think is next in line for saves in Seattle if they remove Fernando Rodney from closer? Seems like it would be Danny Farquhar, but I think you've said you like Yoervis Medina?
(Shawn from CT)
My educated guess is Farquhar, but yes I do like Medina as a sleeper candidate if Farquhar couldn't cut it. (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you trust more: Fernando Rodney or a chick with a paw print tattoo??
(Brian from Auburn)
That depends where the paw print tattoo is located. (Ben Carsley)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, would you deal Aaron Sanchez and Jackie Bradley for Trumbo, Jim Johnson and Fernando Rodney??? Thanks
(John from Boston)
Can you keep forever or do you have limits? In a keep forever that seems like a lot of ceiling (particularly with Sanchez) to give up for two uninspiring closers and Trumbo, but in a league with shorter term keeps that might be worth the gamble. My instincts tell me to pass, but if you can easily replace guys like Sanchez/Bradley in a farm draft, it might be worth it. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Liveliest fastball you ever saw? Some live fastballs in minors today? Thanks, man.
(CyMature from Cooperstown Retirement Home)
Fernando Rodney is up there, in terms of movement and velocity. Taijuan Walker has one of the better minor league fastballs. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like there are a number of older "proven closers" on the free agent market with only a handful of opportunities out there- Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Joe Nathan, Fernando Rodney, Edward Mujica not to mention the injury reclamation projects like Brian Wilson, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan. With the success that the Cardinals had moving Edward Mujica back two innings and then doing the same with Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez in the playoffs, are the days of spending big on closers finally over? Does a team like the Cubs with no great in house solution and a smart front office take advantage of the oversaturated market or pass on all those guys?
(Scott from LA)
We'll continue to see a wide variety of approaches to how teams handle the late innings. On the one hand there is certainly something to the idea that there are people who can close and people who can't. But you'd be hard pressed to get a closer enough innings in a season to justify paying big for them (unless, like the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, etc. you simply have the money to spend). St. Louis has such a glut of arms they have no reason to go outside the org, but for many teams there simply aren't good reasons to limit a young, high ceiling arm to a closer role. I imagine the Cubs will look for a reasonably priced arm that they think can handle the job, rather than committing more money over multiple years. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Tulowitzki in a package for Stanton if you are playing this year? The owner in my dynasty league is looking to sell Stanton and I'm on the fence about it since I am in contention.
(Joe from Seattle)
Yes, I can support that. In other news, Fernando Rodney is still bad (Jason Collette)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pedro Strop's fastball had great armside movement last night. Who has the best tail on their fastball in the majors?
(Matt from Chicago)
I think Chris Sale. Fernando Rodney for the relievers. Check out our leader board tool, use the HMOV sort (keep in mind Tampa's PFX system is a little off so their lefties seem to get extra tail) http://www.baseballprospectus.com/pitchfx/leaderboards/ (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)I am in an NL only league that is transitioning from a 4x4 to a 5x5. Is there a good way to determine how many runs and k's I need to plan on to stay top three in those categories? Do that devalue saves and steals?
(Freddy from Fremont)
I'm not sure what your format is, but I posted an article last Friday with category averages in mixed, AL, and NL-only formats http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19686. Saves and steals are both devalued in 5x5, but saves are devalued significantly more. Fernando Rodney earned $51 in 4x4 last year (according to my own valuation system) but "only" $32 in 5x5. (Mike Gianella)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking through the FA class of RP and SP, who are this year's Fernando Rodney, Hiroki Kuroda and Wei-Yun Chen?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Projecting relievers is a fool's errand, given the sample sizes involved and the variation in reliever usage from year to year. But I'm a fool, so allow me to take a stab at it. A few names that stand out as potential bargains are Jason Grilli, Joel Peralta, and Octavio Dotel - Dotel might be the Julio Franco of this generations relief pitchers.

On the jukebox: Guns N' Roses, "My Michelle" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think that the Angels were kicking themselves a bit at the end of the season when Fernando Rodney broke Eck's ERA record? While Ernesto Frieri looked good, he was the team's 3rd or 4th closer for the year and wasn't even on the team to begin the season.
(jlarsen from chicago)
I doubt the Angels are kicking themselves. They got good value out of Frieri, and Rodney had shown zero indication that he was capable of doing anything close to what he ended up doing. But such is the nature of relievers. Plus the hat. I still want to fix that for him. (Geoff Young)
2012-09-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Any explanation on why Rays always to get hits on pick-ups and trades that don't seem great/good at on-set and turn into gems in long-run? Fernando Rodney and Jeff Keppinger are doing quite well in unexpected roles for them. It seems Rays always find gold in what now should be called "The Yearly Rays Reliever Reclamation Project"(Al Reyes, Juan Cruz, Joaquin Benoit, Rafael Soriano, Kyle Farnsworth, Fernando Rodney)
(jlarsen from chicago)
I think some of it is just great big-league scouting and statistical analysis, but a lot of it is trial and error, too. The Rays are set up in such a way that they HAVE to sign a bunch of those guys, and while a lot of them will work because the Rays are good at what they do, a lot will fail because they're inherently gambles. They haven't had a lot of luck with veteran catchers the last couple years, and there was that whole Pat Burrell thing. (Bill Parker)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is with closers and insane post-save celebrations? Right now, it seems as if the Top 3 are Fernando Rodney's Arrow-launching, Jose Valverde's wiggle-and-stomp and Brian Wilson's "rage"-filled X. Which is your favorite?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Favorite? Can I pick (D) none of the above? I also wish guys would stop untucking their shirts as soon as the last out is recorded. That's dumb. (Ian Miller)
2012-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fernando Rodney, newest Rays Relief Rehab success-story, has shot arrows all around MLB. Question is, does his "come out of nowhere" season garner him any 1st place CY votes and should Rays fans expect the same out of him next year or will he show some major regression?
(jlarsen from chicagoland)
There is very little I'm less interested in than trying to read the minds of Cy Young voters, but I would really hope that a reliever doesn't end up winning the Cy. As for regression, the short answer is that if you have to ask about a guy, he's probably going to regress, at least in the way that most people use the word. But to be pedantic about it, players really don't regress the way we commonly talk about -- regression to the mean is a description of POPULATIONS of players. Now population tendencies are a good input to our predictions, but regression isn't destiny. (Colin Wyers)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)The closer carousel has already begun. What current closers should be looking over their shoulders and who will they see?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I'll give you three names:

Most likely: Brett Myers I think he'll be traded and that Fernando Rodriguez or Wilton Lopez take over.

Very likely: Grant Balfour Again, traded. Ryan Cook is the next in line.

The wild card: Fernando Rodney. Kyle Farnsworth could be back in early-to-mid June. Maybe the Rays just slide Farnsworth into the eighth inning spot but I wouldn't be too surprised if they gave Farnsworth the job back and let Rodney go into a set-up role. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you please write Fernando Rodney's Hall of Fame induction speech? We are happy to wait a few minutes ...
(Fred F. from Durham)
There are some nights where I don't know how the guy ever gets hit. Great arm strength, sells the changeup--which has good fade--and the sinker gets good run. He hasn't missed the slider one bit. I'm not sure if the improved control is here to stay, but if so, he's going to be one of the league's better relievers should he stay healthy. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)More tilted hat: Juan Francisco or Fernando Rodney?
(Kevin from Normal)
Francisco. Jason Parks needs to start a #tilt movement. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wanna talk about the Angels . . . due for a continued collapse . . . still starting Jeff Mathis, still employing Brandon Wood and Reggie Willits, hiring Fernando Rodney to close, and still riding Scott Kazmir - now the worse starting pitcher in the league?
(Scoresheetwiz from Great Lakes Region)
Writers like to pick the Twins every year just because the Twins seem to overcome expectations, and they like to pick the Angels because they have a long track-record of excellence, but I think in both cases they've missed the boat this year. These teams had maybe the worst offseasons in baseball. In the case of the Angels, I still have some belief in Willits as a fourth/fifth outfielder, but as I discussed in today's Broadside (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=13452) the Mathis thing is terrible and retaining Brandon Wood simply cruel.

I used to have great admiration for Mike Scioscia's talents, but it seems like he's ossified and his worst instincts now control him. (Steven Goldman)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think the first closer to lose his job will be?
(mef from Brooklyn, NY)
There's still some jobs that aren't totally decided yet, and most guys who have to wait this long to claim the gig usually have a pretty short leash. Among those who we know will start the year at closer, I've got to go with Fernando Rodney of the Angels, who's just not that good and has a few guys behind him, even with Scott Downs' injury. I particularly like Jordan Walden there.

Honorable mention goes to Francisco Cordero, who's declining and can't possibly fend off Aroldis Chapman all year. (Mike Petriello)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I can't trade Fernando Rodney for a bag of dirt in my keeper league - it's like people are expecting him to lose the closer's role. Does he keep it through the whole season?
(Eric from Va)
I doubt it. His command is shaky, he is hittable, and he doesn't miss bats at an elite level. I don't think he survives the season in that role. (Jason Parks)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dave Dombrowski has also made some questionable free agent deals with relievers: Troy Percival - $12M for 2 years when his K/IP rate was in freefall Todd Jones - over $17M for 3 years when he was never consistently great On the other hand, besides letting Lyon go, he's let others sign Jamie Walker and Fernando Rodney to long term deals. At least he doesn't tend to reward middle relievers with multi-year deals.
(Michael from Detroit, MI)
So much about relievers is guess-work. Both Percival and Jones were grasping at closers, and I understand the desperation if not the choices. At least he was aiming at the good part of the bullpen, not, as you said, at low-leverage middle relievers. Can I say again: Chan-Ho Park. (Steven Goldman)
2009-12-29 15:00:00 (link to chat)Pursuant to Carlos's question about Matthews, I would like to know if you think any deal from this year is just that headscratching bad. I mean, few are as terrible as Matthews's deal was, but does anything come close?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Brandon Lyon, just because of the silliness of giving a middle reliever a three-year deal. Fernando Rodney,just because of the silliness of giving a Fernando Rodney a two-year deal. Garret Atkins, because the Orioles already had a fat, slow, pseudo-corner-guy with a huge platoon split who hits into lots of DPs. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay .... thanks for the chat! Do you think the Tigers have their own version of the "Joba Rules" for Verlander and Porcello, and that's why we didn't see Verlander for an inning late in last night's "all hands on deck" game?
(dianagramr from NYC)
I don't think so, but I do think that Jim Leyland did a lousy job of managing his pitching staff last night. Then again, when all you've got is one errant pitch from Brandon Lyon or Fernando Rodney standing between you and the offseason, then some of the blame also falls on the GM for not getting you the right parts.

Having said that, I think the Tigers have done a fantastic job of handling Verlander and Porcello, getting a greater number of useful innings out of both at young ages without injury than, say, the Yankees have out of their blue chip youngsters. On the other hand, Jeremy Bonderman is something of a cautionary tale from the same organization. Sometimes they just get hurt.

Verlander's beyond the "Injury Nexus" window, so the "rules" don't apply to him in the same way they apply to an under-23 pitcher. Bringing him into last night's game is something Leyland might have considered, but remember, the kid's thrown over 500 pitches over his last four starts, and may not have a lot of gas in the tank coming back under such circumstances. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Fernando Rodney on his way to 30+ saves? He's looked very good so far this year. Thanks Marc!
(Steve from Detroit)
I like the strikeouts, but he's going to have innings where he gives up homers and walks (he hasn't given up any of either). If he keeps the job though, it's not like 30 is some incredible number to reach. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableFernando Rodney makes his Angels debut with six straight balls before finally getting a strike on Jason Kubel. (Dan Wade)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameAnd sure enough, here's Galarraga. On three days' rest, after a long Thursday start against the Rays, and while they used three relievers on Sunday, they didn't use either Aquilino Lopez or Fernando Rodney... (Christina Kahrl)
 

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