The Mariners are now pursuing free-agent reliever Fernando Rodney, who continues to see interest from the Mets and Orioles (Brown, Jan. 28).
Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that, at this point in the offseason, he’s likely to limit free-agent relievers to minor-league deals and may still add one or two arms to the roster (DiComo, Jan. 29).
It was first reported last week that the Mets, Orioles and two other teams are looking at Rodney (Brown, Jan. 24).
Alderson has been reportedly trying to find veteran bullpen help before the start of Spring Training.
The 36-year-old Rodney posted a 3.38 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 37 saves for the Rays in 2013.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I don’t see how a deal between the Mets and Rodney works, because all indications are that he’s looking for at least $10 million a year and a guaranteed deal. There was a point this winter when the Mets were said to be offering guaranteed money to help the bullpen, but they may have had less confidence in Bobby Parnell’s health or there was a possibility of trading away a bullpen arm – maybe Vic Black… In either case, according to Alderson and most buzz out of Citi Field, this is no longer the case, since it seems the Mets are only interested in giving minor-league deals to available relievers.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Rodney’s awkward delivery can make his change-up much more deceptive to opposing hitters. He was mostly erratic during his time with the Tigers and Angels, but he seemed to find himself with the Rays.