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Report: Rodney signs with Seattle

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 06, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The top remaining reliever has come off the market. According to Jonah Keri, Fernando Rodney signed a two-year, $14-million deal with the Mariners. It’s looking more and more like the Yankees are going to open spring training with the bullpen options they already have in house. Matt Thornton was their only significant relief signing this winter.

One other reliever off the market: Carlos Marmol signed with the Marlins.

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82 Responses to “Report: Rodney signs with Seattle”

  1. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    It do look that way.

    ;)

  2. Captain Clutch February 6th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Since they are over $189m why not add a good infielder and back end reliever? When you have already spent over $450m another $10m isn’t going to kill you. I like Robertson but they are really putting out of their eggs in one basket and I think it’s very likely that he will struggle this year. The fact that they don’t have a little protection for him considering he has never closed before is ridiculous.

  3. coney1 February 6th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Clutch,

    Because their owner is an imbecile.

  4. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    D-Rob
    Thornton/?
    ?

  5. coney1 February 6th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    It’s absolutely amazing that Hal is so clueless and cheap that he refuses to finish this team. The infield is a potential train wreck. I’m less worried about the bullpen because their are some high end arms like Ramirez and Betances that could potentially give them power stuff in the late innings. But, again, that’s potential. I would have felt a lot better having a veteran arm who can back up Robertson if he struggles. To spend all of that money on Ellsbury only to neglect the infield was idiotic. I’ll eat my words if they go out and make a trade for Chase Headley before spring training but that chances of that are zero to none.

  6. pkyankfan69 February 6th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I wanted another proven back end RP but I’m glad it’s not Rodney… His #’s came back down to earth last year and I never want to see him do that dumb bow and arrow thing in pinstripes.

  7. coney1 February 6th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    And before you label me crazy for calling Hal cheap as they spend almost a half a billion dollars this year, it’s like putting expensive rims and stereo in a 1996 Geo Metro

  8. coney1 February 6th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Pkyankfan69,

    Agree on Rodney. He wasn’t the answer. His ERA was over 4.00 every year prior to last year.

  9. Spudz February 6th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I think they are holding out to sign the 23 year old Cuban shortstop in 2 weeks.

  10. blake February 6th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Spudz says:
    February 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    I think they are holding out to sign the 23 year old Cuban shortstop in 2 weeks.

    They should sign him and drew both

  11. pkyankfan69 February 6th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Drob – Kelley – Thornton – Betances – Ramirez – Montgomery – Phelps/Warren

    Could be a nasty BP… Could be a disaster.

    One more proven back end guy to start the season would have made me feel a lot better.

    I still assume we will take a flier on 1 or 2 of the Madsen/Hanrahan/Bailey/etc types.

  12. coney1 February 6th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Diaz won’t be ready yet and he is not a 2014 solution. I love it long term but doesn’t solve the 2014 problem.

  13. coney1 February 6th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing them sign Jimenez so it forces Phelps to the bullpen to strengthen that.

  14. hardwired7 February 6th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Bullpen? We don’t need no stinkin’ bullpen!

  15. pkyankfan69 February 6th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Davidoff predicted in his article yesterday that Ubaldo would get 3 years – $39M… Seems like pretty good value right there… At that price I wouldn’t mind the Yanks signing him at all

  16. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Before Wanzies left the building he said that the Yankees were very interested in Ubaldo.

  17. pete2 February 6th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    The thing with bullpen arms is you need as many as you can get since you never know what you will get in the end, and the attrition rate in season is high. If someone had told me that you could get both Rodney and Balfour for a combined AAV less than Rafael Soriano I would have been willing to bet both would be wearing Yankee uniforms this year.

    Maybe their confidence in what they have for the pen is justified but it seems a bit of a gamble.

  18. austinmac February 6th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Cashman has not lied to us lately that I have seen. He said there will be no more significant spending. Unfortunately, I believe him. Everyone will be healthy and anyone can be effective in the pen are the evident philosophies.

  19. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Pete-

    You never answered my question.

  20. UpState February 6th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Who the heck chased away that Wanzies guy ?

    Excellent poster.

    Is he/she on some other blog ?

  21. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Afternoon Mac.

  22. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Upstate-

    No idea.

    He just dropped off the grid after the Tanaka signing.

  23. DaSaint007 February 6th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    It appears that Cashman, and by influence Girardi, believe in the mantra that ‘Quantity has a Quality all its own’.

    Let’s hope they’re right. We do have tons of arms in the minors, so I guess they figure we may as well use them.

  24. pkyankfan69 February 6th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Where did Ted go?… I miss him too!

  25. chicken_stanley February 6th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Mac – I remember the Cashman quote you’re refering to but can’t find it… Didn’t he say it in such a way that left open the possibility of a big signing? Maybe I’m just remembering it the way that suits me :)

  26. pete2 February 6th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    ” coney1 February 6th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Diaz won’t be ready yet and he is not a 2014 solution. I love it long term but doesn’t solve the 2014 problem.”

    Well, I am not sure sure about that. He would be insurance for Jeter at SS, although there is some question about his defense. Players can make the jump from the Cuban league with little time in the minors. Assuming he stays at SS, he would also be their SS of the future, or at least 6 years.

    He could also be groomed to play 2B. Might take him a 1/2 season to make the adjustment in the minors though, and by that time the Yankees will likely have had 3 guys playing 2B.

    I would like to see them land both Drew and Diaz.

  27. chicken_stanley February 6th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Pkyank – lol. play nice

  28. austinmac February 6th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Mr. MTU,

    How are things with you? Never got above freezing here today, and we are under a winter weather advisory. Crazy winter.

    It sure looks like we are going to check out the team in the spring before doing anything else. I can’t believe how many question marks there are. My guess is they want to see who can and who can’t play between Jeter and Teixiera.

  29. pkyankfan69 February 6th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    chicken_stanley February 6th, 2014 at 6:31 pm
    —-
    ;)

  30. austinmac February 6th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Hey there chicken. I am learning more about American geography by following your travels.

    I think the leeway in Cashman’s quote was “big ticket” items. Maybe it means nothing above Kershaw. Right? Right?

  31. austinmac February 6th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Pk,

    Sshhh. So peaceful at least during the day.

  32. pete2 February 6th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    ” MTU February 6th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Pete-

    If the Yankees were to acquire Diaz what level would he start at IYO ?

    I assume he is not ML-ready ?”

    I assume he would be very close to MLB ready. Aren’t most Cubans that age MLB ready? If they wanted him to play 2B he probably would need 1/2 season in AAA. Even if they keep him at SS they may want to start him at AAA and wait until he is needed.

  33. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Mac-

    We are looking some rain here.

    Been lucky for the most part.

    Only really cold spell was in December.

    I’m less concerned about the pen than the IF D.

    I hope the IF turns out to be KJ, DJ, BR, MT.

    W Ryan for late inning work.

    If a guy like Roberts goes down they could find themselves short.

    No BU for Tex either.

  34. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    MTU -

    I see Betances as our EIG no later than the AS break, if not much sooner. This kid showed me what he is capable of, and I believe he will come up big in 2014 for the Yankees. :)

  35. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you for your response Pete.

    Many Cubans need some seasoning starting at the AA level. That is supposed to be the level of play from what I’ve heard.

    Perhaps Diaz is more advanced.

    No idea. That’s why I asked about him.

  36. austinmac February 6th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    MTU,

    Every infield position could be a disaster. Even if everyone is capable of playing, it is still not good. If you believe in fielding metrics, and I think I do to some extent, in 2012 Jeter’s defense killed about all the value of his offense. That was two years and two fractures ago.

  37. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Greetings Big Al.

    I hope you are right.

    I still have my doubts about Dellin’s ability to find the plate consistently enough.

    The stuff is terrific though.

    So I hope he can.

  38. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Mike -

    Of the major Cuban signings I’ve seen of late, it’s my opinion they are far above AA level.

  39. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Mac-

    :(

  40. austinmac February 6th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Al,

    I have hope for Betances. But I want to see one success against a patient Red Sox team to have any confidence.

  41. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I’m goin’ avec Goins at second – give those mound dwellers some reassurance!

  42. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    OK Al.

    Thanks for the opinion.

    I have no idea on Diaz which is why I solicited info.

    :)

  43. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    mac -

    I agree there are concerns, but, I can’t agree with your evaluation of Jeter’s play, prior to his injury. I for one would be pleased if he came back this season, and played at that level. JMHO :)

  44. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    My 3rd b guy might be given to destroying camera bays,….but I like his touch :)

  45. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    The other Cuban sounds like a whiz w the glove but maybe no bat.

    Arrebuena.

    Compared with Iglesias defensively.

    Again, I know nothing reliable about these guys so take it FWIW.

    ;)

  46. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    mac -

    I can’t wait for Bentances to throw high and tight to Big Poopy.

  47. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Mike -

    Remember when they said Iglesias was all glove, and no hit? Things do change.

  48. austinmac February 6th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Al,

    I would be thrilled if we saw 2012 again. Defensive metrics seems overstated to my baseball watching eyeballs.

    The team is waiting and hoping for Jeter and Teixiera. I’m not sure who is more of a risk at coming back.

  49. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Epi-Dermis Garcia should come to us in July in the IFA draft.

    We’ll have skin in that game.

    :)

  50. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Load up with those that can mind that artificial crap ( its soft compared to ’83 ), and make the league pay! The Jays should take advantage of their concrete surface!

  51. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry. Not really a “draft”. Meant FA signing period.

    Duh.

  52. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    mac -

    If I were to place a bet today, my money would be on Jeter having a much better come back than Tex. Tex is still, in my mind, the greatest question mark.

  53. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Al-

    Yup.

    That is why I referenced Arrebuena.

    The glove is supposed to be superior.

    Guess we already have Ryan for that though.

    Need some stick to go w it.

  54. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    jmills -

    I hate the turf, it will go down in history as the major cause of injuries in sports. Real teams play on grass, lol.

  55. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Mike -

    Some players perform to the level of the competition.

  56. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Al, I know, but I’m trying to get any advantage I can :)

  57. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Al-

    I wait for others to inform me more on Sr. Arrebuena.

    Someone who knows more about him.

    Anyone who does please chime in.

    :)

  58. charlestonchew February 6th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    If the Yankees sign Ubaldo but let all of these backend BP arms go elsewhere they’re going to look silly. That’s not to mention angling for a serviceable 3Bman. They have several starters ready to step into the 5th spot. What’s the point of having Pineda and Phelps and Warren and Nuno and Ramirez, etc etc if they’re not going to be given a shot? Ever? I know Kuroda’s probably gone after this year, but at some point you have to give your guys a shot. We have starters–and several of them are going to be around for years into the future. What we need is infielders and BP help. If they sign Ubaldo, they’re clueless. I wasn’t on board with McCann, Ellsbury, nor Beltran, really. But we signed all of them and I’m willing to root for them, etc, but I think each of the moves will bite us and we’ll be in an even worse position in 3-4 years than we were last year.

    Something’s gotta give. If we don’t start giving our younger cost-controlled guys a shot, we’ll be stuck with aging and declining players until the end of time (looking @ McCann, Ells, Beltran, CC, Jetes, Tex, Soriano, the list goes on….).

  59. blake February 6th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Hal is worried about the 2015 payroll….when Arod comes back it’s gonna be high and adding more money now just makes it higher. My guess is that if they do nothing else it’s because of that

  60. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    jmills -

    Ask players how their knees feel after playing on turf, bad stuff for players health. I believe this is common knowledge, and with teams investing so much in high profile players, why shorten their career by having them play on a parking lot, covered by a thin carpet?

  61. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Mike -

    How much can we believe that comes out of Cuba?

    I’d like to see him play against high level comp. B4 making a call.

  62. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    More on Arruebarruena :

    http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/20.....ent-rumors

    Talk about a tongue twister and spelling nightmare.

    I apologize for butchering his name.

  63. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    blake -

    What are the odds one of Selig’s last moves is to allow the Yankees to buyout A-Rod, and not having that count against the luxury tax, to to see him gone from the game.

    IMO, if A-Rod comes back in 2015, it’ll make the Bronx Zoo like like a fairy tale come true.

  64. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    My best player, Steve Stamkos, can’t play for team Canada ( broken leg ain’t back fast enough ). No problem, I have little Martin St. Louis who has risen to every challenge despite not being properly drafted in the first place. Canada’s GM, Stevie Yzerman ( Martin’s GM in Tampa ), just had to put this guy on now! I might have suspect goaltending and fear the larger European ice surfaces to a certain degree, but still, my talent is tres formidable deep. Bury the Russians! :D …..U guys have a strong contingent as well ( Kessel is deadly ). Why can’t baseball leave it all on the line?

  65. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Mike -

    Thanks for the link.

  66. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Big Al, ask Joe Carter and Paul Molitor what they thought about playing on the ” turf “. Build a hard core contender, and concrete becomes the stuff of memory; these guys have enough monetary padding anyways.

  67. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    You’re welcome Al.

  68. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Mike -

    If that Cuban SS could bat .275 or a little higher, but field like his rep., I’d sign up for that in a heart beat.

  69. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Here’s a little something on Diaz.

    Sounds like the opposite of his countryman.

    Lot’s of stick maybe not so much glove.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/e.....edmys-diaz

    ;)

  70. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Al-

    Remember those #’s are in Cuba.

    Also talks about his low OBP and longish swing.

    What could Long do with him ?

  71. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I want a real middle of the season international baseball affair. Hockey goes for it, as does football ( soccer ).

  72. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Sign Arrabarrauena, Diaz, and Garcia.

    One of them is bound to have what it takes.

    Put Diaz 2nd eventually.

    Guess it depends on the kind of money required.

  73. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Mike -

    Mix them together, then clone the combo into one great SS, lol.

  74. BIG AL February 6th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Got to go – Y’all have a great night!

  75. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Al-

    We can do it. We have the technology.

    We can make him better than before.

    :)

  76. MTU February 6th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    New one ——->

  77. jmills February 6th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Tony Fernandez was quite the talent. He had a way of going right, deep in the hole, and giving what looked like this lazy submarine toss to first,…just in time. Bill Madlock slid hard into Tony attempting the DP with a week left in ’87. Fernandez hit and broke his elbow, thus, Manny Lee. Frank Tanana broke my heart on that last day 1-0 gem over Flanagan!

  78. pete2 February 6th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    blake February 6th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    “Hal is worried about the 2015 payroll….when Arod comes back it’s gonna be high and adding more money now just makes it higher. My guess is that if they do nothing else it’s because of that”

    Its unreasonable though since if he signs the right guys he can trade them if needed after 2014. Drew would have pretty great trade value. Sign him to a 3 yr deal, and then unload him after 2014 for a prospect.

    Right now they are at about 200 million a whopping 30 million under last years payroll (50 million if you include the LT reduction), so they have the money especially with the Fox deal and new National TV money.

    They do have some money coming off the books in 2014 as well, although some of them may be resigned

    Jeter-12 million
    Kuroda-16 million’
    Ichiro -6.5 million
    Soriano-5 million
    Gardner 5.5 million
    Robinson 5 million
    Roberts/Johnson 5 million

    About 55 million off, Arods 27.5-33.5 million on. Of course, some of those positions may have to be replaced via free agency

  79. blake February 6th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    “Its unreasonable though since if he signs the right guys he can trade them if needed after 2014. Drew would have pretty great trade value. Sign him to a 3 yr deal, and then unload him after 2014 for a prospect.”

    Agreed but I’m not sure they are seeing it that way

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