Fernando Rodney #LaFlecha56

Fernando Rodney, also known as #LaFlecha56, is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who plays in the MLB (Major League Baseball). He currently plays for the San Diego Padres and has played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.

Professional Career

The Okland Athletics

Aug 15 2018, The Fernando Rodney Experience is headed west, as the veteran closer was dealt to the Oakland Athletics. Rodney, with 325 career saves — second to Boston’s Craig Kimbrel among active closers — is joining his 10th big- league team.

The Minnesota Twins

Dic 15 2017, I’m excited to be a part of the @Twins organization. Looking forward to contributing to the team. New closer Fernando Rodney likes Twins’ chances in 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks

Dic 9th 2016, The Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney. Rodney will receive $2.75MM guaranteed, plus considerable incentives, and he’ll open the year as the Diamondbacks’ closer.

The Miami Marlins

July 1st 2015, the Miami Marlins acquired veteran closer Fernando Rodney from the San Diego Padres for Class A pitcher Chris Paddack.

San Diego Padres

On February 4, 2016, Rodney signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. On April 11, 2016, Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save as a Padre in a win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

For the first time in his 14-year career, Fernando Rodney was on the hill to record two saves on the same day Wednesday May 12th, that meant Rodney was firing two arrows into the foggy Chicago sky becoming the second Padre with two saves in one day.

Chicago Cubs

Rodney was traded to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations on August 27, 2015. He wore jersey #57, the first time in his career in which he wore a number other than 56. His Cubs debut came on August 28 at Dodger Stadium, where he already blew a save during the season. He pitched a scoreless eighth despite hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch.

Seatle Mariners

On February 6, 2014, Rodney signed a 2-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. After leading the American League in saves in the first half of the season, Rodney was named as a late addition to the AL All-Star team, taking the spot of David Price (who had pitched the Sunday before the game and thus could not pitch in the actual All-Star Game). Rodney finished the 2014 season with a franchise record 48 saves, beating Kazuhiro Sasaki with 45 saves.

The Mariners designated Rodney for assignment on August 22, 2015.

Tampa Bay Ray

Rodney signed a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2012 season. While Kyle Farnsworth was on the 60-day disabled list, Rodney performed in the closer role and maintained that role after Farnsworth returned from his injury. He was selected on July 6 to participate in his first ever All-Star Game. On that date, he had converted 24 of 25 save opportunities. At the end of the 2012 season, Rodney had converted 48 saves, the second most that season behind Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles. His 0.60 earned run average for the season was the lowest by a qualifying relief pitcher in major league history. On October 19, 2012, Rodney was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year and the Delivery Man of the Year[During his time with the Rays, Rodney appeared to shoot an arrow to high center field after converting a save as his celebration move. He is also known for wearing his cap tilted.

Anaheim Angels

On December 24, 2009, Rodney signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Although he closed for the Detroit Tigers in 2009, “Rodney is expected to share setup duties with Scot Shields and Kevin Jepson and close on a fill-in basis when Brian Fuentes is down”, the LA Times reported.

Rodney states, “I think I’m a different pitcher in save situations”, referring to his lower ERA in saves situations. He filled in April for Angels’ closer Brian Fuentes when he went on the disabled list with a strained back.

Three days after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traded Brian Fuentes on August 27, 2010 to the Minnesota Twins, it was officially announced that Rodney would be the new closer by manager Mike Scioscia. On April 5, 2011, Rodney was replaced by Jordan Walden as the full-time closer.

In late September 2011, Rodney became frustrated after a lack of relief appearances and asked Angels general manager Tony Reagins for a trade.

Detroit Tigers

Rodney was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1997. He spent 1999–2003 in the minor leagues, moving from the Gulf Coast League to the International League. Rodney underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2003 season (which he spent in the minor leagues). He spent the 2004 season recovering and failed to make the Tigers opening day roster after 2005 spring training.

Rodney made his Major League debut 2002 at the age of 25 and split his time between the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens and the Tigers from 2002–2005.

In 2005, Rodney became the Tigers closer after Troy Percival went down with an arm injury and his replacement, Kyle Farnsworth, was traded at mid-season to the Atlanta Braves. He was called up from Toledo after Farnsworth was traded, then settled into the closer role, earning nine saves in 39 total appearances, during which he racked up a 2.86 earned run average.

When the Tigers signed closer Todd Jones during the 2006 off-season, Rodney was reinserted into a middle relief/setup role. Rodney embraced the role as the Tigers proceeded to have their most successful season in recent history.

On July 3, 2006, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California, Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, and Rodney each threw multiple fastballs clocked in at over 100 mph, becoming the first time in MLB history that three pitchers on the same team had done so during one game. Rodney was part of the 2006 World Series roster, the first trip of Rodney’s career to the MLB postseason tournament finals. The Tigers would end up losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rodney started 2008 on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He re-joined the big league club in mid-June. On July 27, Rodney was announced as the Tigers’ new closer, replacing Todd Jones.

Following the 2009 season, the Tigers offered arbitration to Rodney, which he rejected to pursue a multi-year deal. He was expected to be one of the more valuable closer on the market because as a “Type B” free agent, he would only cost teams a supplementary draft pick. His 1.40 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio ranked first that year among free-agent closer. Originally, the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies were rumored to be interested in signing Rodney. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were also reported to be in serious discussions with his agent.