The Cubs have acquired several bullpen arms this off-season with small trades, waiver claims and a minor signing. The front office would like to add more depth to the relief corps and according to Mike Berardino, the Cubs are one of three teams showing the most interest in free agent, veteran reliever Fernando Rodney.
The Twins and Padres are also very interested in Rodney with the Padres being the only one of the three with a spot open for Rodney to close games. Hector Rondon is the Cubs closer and Glen Perkins has the ninth inning covered for the Twins. According to Berardino, Rodney would prefer to sign with a team in which he could close games.
The Cubs acquired Rodney from the Mariners at the end of August. The Mariners cut ties with Rodney after designating him for assignment.
Rodney appeared in 14 games for the Cubs and did a decent job out of Joe Maddon’s bullpen. Rodney was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Rodney was charged with four runs, one earned, on eight hits with four walks and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings.
A year after posting a 1-6 record in 69 games with 48 saves, 2.85 ERA and 1.34 WHIP that included 61 hits allowed in 66 1/3 innings with 28 walks and 76 strikeouts for the Mariners and earning a trip to the All-Star Game, Rodney really struggled with the Mariners in 2015. Rodney was 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 54 appearances.
Rodney finished the 2015 season with a 7-5 record in 68 games between the Mariners and Cubs with a 4.74 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 16 saves. Rodney allowed 36 runs, 33 earned, on 59 hits with 29 walks and 58 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings.
After being paid $7 million in each of the last two seasons, its unknown at this point the length and amount of commitment Rodney is looking for this winter from a team.
Fernando Rodney turns 39 in March.