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Padres Sign Closer Rodney

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The San Diego Padres agreed to a one-year-deal with veteran closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday.

The addition of Rodney will fill a void in the Padres’ bullpen since losing Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox.

The 38-year-old, who will be 39 before Opening Day, signed a contract with the Padres that is one year with an option for a second season and is worth $1.5 million but includes an additional $5 million extra in incentives.

Rodney is well traveled around the Majors as he has spent time with the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, LA Angels, Seattle Mariners and most recently the Chicago Cubs for a combined 236 career saves.

He had a solid 2014 season with the Mariners but faltered in 2015 before becoming a member of the Cubs. He didn’t fare any better in Chicago as he was responsible for Daniel Murphy’s homer in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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