The Mariners shored up the back end of their bullpen Thursday afternoon by reaching a two-year agreement with veteran closer Fernando Rodney for $14 million that includes performance bonuses capable of boosting the value by another $1 million.
The deal was first reported on twitter by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com. There was no confirmation from club officials, but the News Tribune and other media outlets soon verified the report.
That suggests Rodney has agreed to a contract but has not yet completed a routine physical examination. The Mariners must make a corresponding move of their 40-man roster to accommodate Rodney when the deal becomes official.
Rodney, a right-hander who turns 37 next month, spent the last two seasons as the closer at Tampa Bay, where he converted 85 of 95 save opportunities while compiling a 1.91 ERA in 144 games.
The Mariners targeted a proven closer after blowing 23 saves and suffering 13 walk-off losses in 2013.
Rodney is an 11-year veteran who has spent much of his career as a set-up reliever in Detroit and with the Los Angeles Angels before becoming the Rays’ closer in 2012 after signing a free-agent deal that paid him $4.25 million.
Rodney is 29-44 with a 3.70 ERA in 563 career games.