Mariners make Rodney signing official; Gutierrez won't play in 2014

The Sports NetworkFebruary 13, 2014 

Peoria, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners officially signed closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year contract on Thursday.

The deal is reportedly worth $14 million.

Rodney spent the last two seasons in Tampa Bay as the Rays' primary closer, racking up 85 saves with a minuscule 1.91 earned run average over 144 relief appearances.

The 36-year-old right-hander was named an All-Star in 2012, when he recorded 48 saves with a remarkable 0.60 ERA, setting a single-season record for the lowest ERA by a reliever in MLB history.

Over 11 seasons in the majors, Rodney owns a career 3.70 ERA with a 29-44 record and 172 saves in 344 games, all in relief, for the Tigers, Angels and Rays since breaking into the league in 2002.

In addition, the Mariners placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the restricted list.

Gutierrez told the team that he will not play this season because of a relapse of the gastrointestinal issues (irritable bowel syndrome) that plagued him last offseason.

He missed 106 games last season due to two separate stints on the disabled list.

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