Fernando Rodney DFA’d, Farquhar to AAA

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Ironically enough, on the same day that I wrote that I was done with Fernando Rodney, the Mariners decided they were done too.

Rodney, the embattled former closer of the Mariners, was designated for assignment on Saturday night after the Mariners loss to the White Sox. It wasn’t Rodney who blew the game on Saturday. Instead, it was his replacement Carson Smith. But, the damage had already been for Rodney in the Mariners eyes.

First off: What does being DFA’d mean again?

It means that the Mariners have 10 days to figure out what to with him and he is off the 40-man roster.

1. They can trade him to whoever would want him

2. They can release him

3. Rodney can be claimed on waivers

4. He can accept an assignment to the minor leagues

5. He can refuse that assignment to the minors and can become a free agent.

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Bottom line is? Rodney is done as a Mariner. He won’t accept a minor league assignment.

Rodney’s tenure as a Mariner is one of the most curious in my recent memory. He led the majors last year in saves with 48. He made the American League all-star team. But he always made it interesting, constantly flirting with disaster. And when disaster did hit, it hit hard. Most of you remember the Oakland debacle on Felix Day last year with the M’s battling for a playoff spot.

This year? Rodney lost his closers job in June and has pitched to an ERA of 5.68. He’s been a disaster.

But now he’s gone. Maybe he’ll shoot the arrow somewhere else.

In other news: Danny Farquhar is going to AAA. Roenis Elias is coming back and going to the ‘pen. Logan Kensing is up as well.

Go M’s!

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