2012 will certainly be a year to remember for Fernando Rodney. He was left out in the cold of winter during last offseason, but luckily for both him and the Tampa Bay Rays, they reached out for his services (a 1 year contract for $1.75M and an option for 2013 at $2.5M). Going into the season, he was looked at as nothing more than a veteran presence in their bullpen. After an injury to incumbent closer Kyle Farnsworth, manager Joe Maddon was forced to employ someone else in the 9th inning. That honor was bestowed upon Fernando Rodney and the rest is history.
Fernando Rodney just finished one of the best seasons by a relief pitcher in the history of the game. His ERA was so minuscule that you might need an electron microscope to see it. He rarely allowed runners to reach base, and when they did, they were stranded.
ERA - 0.60
WHIP - 0.78
G - 76
IP - 74.2
K - 72
SV - 48
He only allowed 5 earned runs during the entire season. Many starting pitchers allow that in one outing. Rodney was named to his first All-Star team and will likely garner some Cy Young votes.