The Mariners have signed free agent RHP Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million deal (Keri, Feb. 6).
Rodney can earn an additional $1 million in incentives during the life of the contract.
The Mets and Orioles both showed serious interest in Rodney (Nightengale, Feb. 4).
The Mets are still looking for a closer-type reliever even after signing Kyle Farnsworth earlier this week (Rubin, Feb. 3). However, Sandy Alderson said last week he’s more likely to limit free-agent relievers to minor-league deals (DiComo, Jan. 29).
The 36-year-old Rodney posted a 3.38 ERA and a 1.335 WHIP, with 37 saves, for Tampa Bay in 2013. Rodney pitched to a miniscule 0.60 ERA and 0.777 WHIP, tallying 48 saves in 2012.