Fernando Rodney 2 (AP)

Fernando Rodney Rumors: M’s join Mets and Orioles as teams with interest

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.

15 comments
Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

37 yrs old, a year removed from his only really good season, 5 consecutive seasons of 4.24+ ERAs prior to that, almost 5BB/9 L/Y, and he's looking for more than $10 million a year? Take a hike. I have faith in Sandy. He'll sign a  quality reliever to a minor league deal, and I will bet that reliever has a better season than Rodney in 2015.

Orlando Fernandez
Orlando Fernandez

10 million guaranteed for a reliever is throwing money into the dumpster and wasting a roster spot. No way we do this. Sandy is reasonably sane. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

"Only interested in minor league deals" translates to "dumpster diving to fill out a roster."  Nice to see that the Mets are willing to spend money to improve the team.

"Duda will get a chance to play the outfield"..."we have the up most confidence on Tejada being our starting shortstop"..."we're fine with Davis and Duda having an open competition for first base"..."Look, we signed a Japanese pitcher to a cheaper contract!"..."Don't worry, we're still looking to sign a few players."   These quotes are beginning to make me queasy.

Granderson, a 40 year old Bartolo Colon, and prayers that Chris Young comes back to his 2010 form.  That was one hell of an offseason Sandy.

nthmetsfan
nthmetsfan

We know he would "un-find himself" if he became a Met.

hashburry
hashburry

What in the world would they get in a trade for Vic Black?  The guy has barely pitched in the majors. Can they get a backup SS for him that will end up starting for the Mets?  Do these thoughts just randomly pop in Matt' head?  They have meds for that.

hashburry
hashburry

The Mets have no money left.  Why is this even a post?  Mets have no interest in this guy.  Mets have no interest in that guy.  This minor leaguer has a chance to be a stud in the bullpen, all he has to do is stop walking everybody and fix his delivery.  Please already.  This is the team.  it is not going to be competitive.  Aren't we all comfortable with 3rd or 4th place after all the practice?

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

he'll end up somewhere else, don't worry.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Hey Matt by "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" do you mean just last week when they were reported to have offered Grant Balfour at least 2yrs $12M and maybe more?

eric88
eric88

The small market Mets have no chance against BIG MARKET teams like the Orioles and Mariners.

sylow59
sylow59

Why would they trade Black? This is the first I've heard of this anywhere.

Baron: a half a year for a RP is A SMALL SAMPLE.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@Orlando Fernandez$7.5 million to Chris Young = Not sane.  We shouldn't do this because relief and/or a closer is not needed if you can't score a run.  If they invested $10 million on a BP arm instead of SS or a cleanup hitter, I would be livid.

mets2891
mets2891

@Orlando Fernandez Normally I'd agree, but the Mets currently have no established relievers on their roster (I don't count an injured Parnell because we don't know what the deal is with him).

sylow59
sylow59

@bobblehead no, from "Pitching Analysis" to "contributor".  It has been a while

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@eric88I project that the Mets 2015 payroll will be around $75 million.  I'm also waiting for them to install pay toilets in the clubhouse.