Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Featured autograph - Fernando Rodney

The Angels apparent signing of Fernando Rodney to a two-year deal maybe a sign of desperation, since they've had nothing to show for their off-season - except losing third baseman Chone Figgins, losing ace John Lackey, losing key reliever Darren Oliver and maybe signing an aging slugger [Hideki Matsui].

However, the Angels really needed to fix their bullpen since it was pretty much a mess in 2009 - Justin Speier was released, Jose Arrendondo imploded, while Jason Bulger and Kevin Jepsen were unknown commodities entering the year.

Scot Shields was out for much of 2009 his better days might be behind him, so the Angels hope Rodney can be a building block
- a hard-throwing reliever who can serve as a veteran presence and allow fellow reliever Jepsen grow into the role of a set-up man [and eventual Halos closer in due time].

Brian Fuentes is still lurking around as the closer but if he struggles - Rodney can step in and pick up some saves here and there in 2010. Rodney also allows Bulger to continue to be a middle reliever, a role Bulger excelled at this past year.

As long Rodney keeps his head on straight and doesn't make a habit of throwing a ball into the stands - he is probably of some use to the Angels.

I had the autograph card - signed by Rodney before an Angels vs. Tigers game this past year in Anaheim.

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