The Rays signed relief pitcher Fernando Rodney this offseason to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013.
He was born on March 18, 1977 in Samana, Dominican Republic, and signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1997. Rodney made his Major League debut on May 4, 2002 for the Tigers. While playing for the Tigers, Rodney saved a career-high 37 games in 2009 before signing a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels this offseason.
Rodney, 34, entered this season with a 4.29 ERA in 430 innings over nine Major League seasons. With Kyle Farnsworth out with an injury, Rodney has been used as a ninth inning reliever for the Rays this season, and has over 15 saves for the club.
In addition to baseball, Rodney is an avid fisherman and even has a necklace with the teeth of some of his prized catches.