ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday.
The agreement is worth $2 million and includes a club option for 2013, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an announcement.
Rodney was 3-5 with three saves and a 4.50 ERA in 32 appearances with the Los Angeles Angels last season. He could fill a setup role or compete with Kyle Farnsworth for the closer's job.
Over parts of nine seasons with the Angels and Detroit Tigers, Rodney is 22-38 with 87 saves and a 4.29 ERA in 419 career appearances. The right-hander turns 35 in March.
Rodney joins a team that reconstructed nearly the entire bullpen last winter. He had a career-best 37 saves for the Tigers in 2009, but was less effective as a closer over the past two seasons with the Angels.
With Farnsworth earning a career-high 25 saves in 31 opportunities, the Rays made the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. The right-hander was hampered in September by tenderness in his pitching elbow, though, and the addition of Rodney will give manager Joe Maddon someone who can fill the closer role on days that Farnsworth is not available.
Rodney signed an $11 million, two-year contract with Los Angeles as a free agent after the 2009 season. He was 7-8 with 17 saves in 28 opportunities with the Angels.