The Seattle Mariners have signed Fernando Rodney to a 2 year, 14 million dollar contract. Rodney will assume the closer role that the Mariners identified as a need early in the offseason. Rodney, soon to be 37 years old is a season removed from a dominant 2012 campaign where he earned all-star honors and posted an almost non-existent 0.60 era with 48 saves. Last season was still good, but his era swelled to 3.38 and didn’t seem to have the same lights out stuff. To give him the benefit of the doubt, sometimes closers just have a stretch where their stuff is a little off, and a 2 week stretch of struggling can ruin an otherwise good season for a guy in the pen. The thing that does give me a little pause, is he is now on the backside of his 30’s so any decline has to be at least monitored. This offseason the Mariners have made just a few, but very impactful moves. Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison are all legit… But I can’t help but feel that 14 million for Rodney may have been a little too much for a guy a little too far removed from his prime. At least he will have the benefit of pitching in Safeco on his side. Oh, and for all you traditionalists… You are gonna be busy with your Facebook and Twitter quips… But no matter what you say, the brim of that hat will be pointing at 10 o’clock all year-long.