Twins New Closer Fernando Rodney Discusses Move to Minnesota

December 15, 2017 05:44 PM

The Minnesota Twins have announced the signing of right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract.

The deal reached during Major League Baseball's winter meetings and confirmed by the team Friday brings an experienced, three-time All-Star closer to a bullpen in need of a ninth-inning specialist. The contract, with a club option for the 2019 season, is worth $4.5 million.

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KSTP Sports met with Rodney in-between his actual contract signing Friday morning at Target Field and his flight back home to Florida on Friday afternoon.

Click the video box on this page to see KSTP Sports' conversation with Fernando Rodney hours after he officially signed his contract and joined the Minnesota Twins

"It's a great organization to play with," Rodney said.

The 40-year-old veteran cited manager Paul Molitor as one of the team's key assets.

"He knows the game - the same way he used to play it," Rodney said of Molitor.

Rodney's Twins debut will come in his 16th major league season. 

He aware of the Twins young roster, and the turnaround they seem to have initiated last season.

"They got experience this year," he said. "They got ready to play nine innings every day and that's what you look for in a young team with good talent. If they go out and play hard, we have a chance to win the games."

Well-known for firing an imaginary arrow to celebrate the final out of wins, he had 39 saves in 45 chances this year for Arizona. He was 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA, striking out 65 and walking 26 in 55 1/3 innings.

For his career, Rodney is 44-63 with 300 saves in 828 relief appearances.

"There's a lot of talent in this group," he said. "I think we can compete in the division and try to win the division."
 

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report

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