The Tampa Bay Rays would love to have Fernando Rodney back and the closer would thoroughly enjoy spending another couple years with the organization. With that being said, it will all come down to the money and the offers he gets.
The 2012 MLB Delivery Man of the Year and holder of the single season record for earned run average by a reliever, which he accomplished as a member of the Rays, will be in high-demand on the open market. The good news for the Rays is that Rodney is willing to take a pay cut to stay in Tampa Bay.
“I know Fernando is willing to sacrifice some money to come back,” right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta said, according to the Tampa Tribune. “We’ve talked about it. We’ll just see what they offer or how many offers they got on the market, who knows. I think he’s going to get better offers somewhere else.”
There is no question Rodney is going to get better offers from other organizations around the league. The reason for that is because he is one of the best closers in the game, despite blowing a career-high eight saves in 2013. Many believe he has what it takes to bounce back and put up similar numbers to what he did in in 2012, which is why it is critical that Tampa Bay make him an enticing offer.
The Rays should be competitive once again next season, even though it is possible they will be without their top starting pitcher. The trade of David Price could have a huge effect on how well Tampa Bay is put together. The fact is the organization could come out ahead if they get the offer they are looking for from another possible contender.
As far as Rodney is considered, it should not be hard for the Rays to re-sign him as long as they make an offer soon.