Twins officially sign RHP Rodney

Dec 15, 2017 - 7:23 PM The Minnesota Twins signed right-handed closer Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2019 season, the team announced Friday.

The deal, which was reported Thursday by multiple outlets, could reach $6 million with incentives.

Rodney, 40, spent the 2017 season as the Arizona Diamondbacks' closer, converting 39 saves and posting a record of 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA over 55 1/3 innings (26 walks, 65 strikeouts) in 53 appearances.

The Dominican Republic native has played in parts of 15 major league seasons with Detroit (2002-2009), the Los Angeles Angels (2010-11), Tampa Bay (2012-13), Seattle (2014-15), the Chicago Cubs (2015), San Diego (2016), Miami (2016) and Arizona (2017).

In 828 career appearances, Rodney owns a 44-63 record with 300 saves and a 3.73 ERA in 821 innings (404 walks, 824 strikeouts).

Rodney was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tigers in November 1997. He is a three-time All-Star (2012, 2014, 2016) and was named the 2012 Delivery Man of the Year and AL Comeback Player of the Year.

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