Minnesota Twins, closer Fernando Rodney reach 1-year deal

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

The deal, first reported by Siriux 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 NLDS.

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 one and it was his fourth third-best ever.

Rodney, who turns 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.



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