Fernando Rodney, Twins finalize $4.5M, 1-year contract

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Fernando Rodney throws during the ninth inning of the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have finalized their $4.5 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney.

Rodney’s deal was agreed to this week at the winter meetings and announced Friday.

He gets a $4.25 million salary this year, and the Twins have a $4.25 million option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout.

Rodney can earn up to $1.5 million in performance bonuses in 2018, the greater of $300,000 each for 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 games finished, or $250,000 apiece for 50, 55, 60 and 65 games.

Rodney turns 41 on March 18 and will be in his 16th major league season. 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.

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