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Mets talking to Fernando Rodney

The Mets are talking to free agent RHP Fernando Rodney (Rubin).

The Mets, Orioles and two other teams are looking at Rodney (Brown), although Baltimore’s interest in Rodney is only, “lukewarm” at the moment (Ghiroli).

Sandy Alderson has been reportedly trying to find veteran bullpen help as well as a possible backup plan at closer in case Bobby Parnell is not ready for Opening Day.

The 36-year-old Rodney posted a 3.38 ERA and a 1.335 WHIP, with 37 saves, for Tampa Bay in 2013. Rodney pitched to a miniscule 0.60 ERA and 0.777 WHIP, tallying 48 saves in 2012.

Rodney signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays in 2012 with a team option for 2013. He earned $2.5 million with the Rays last season.


New York was trying to work out a deal for Grant Balfour, but he opted to return to Tampa Bay on Thursday, despite the Mets offering a similar, or possibly larger deal, according to reports.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Rodney has been a curious case over the course of his career, but he’s a veteran with experience and could provide insurance to Parnell if he struggles to regain his form after his neck surgery.

Like most closers, Rodney mainly has just two pitches – a hard fastball and change-up, but his 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 found himself while pitching under Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey with the Rays, and was incredible in 2012 thanks to only walking 15 batters in 66 2/3 innings. His walks crept back up in 2013, especially during the first half when he issued 25 walks in only 40 1/3 innings, but he pitched much better in the second half last year.




56 comments
Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

If he was any good, another club would have already signed him

jonathanl
jonathanl

I mean anything is better than Frank Francisco

Andrew Candela
Andrew Candela

uhh I don't care if he's miggy cabrera if he won't wear his hat the right way he's not a baseball player, please don't sign him

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

This would be a huge plus for the late innings.  There is no way this can be seen as bad if they get him.

Joseph Morgan
Joseph Morgan

Rodney would be a good pickup. Rodney is extremely accomplished and much better then what we currently have.

nymets6
nymets6

I would like him just because of his celebration after a save

nymets6
nymets6

if we can get him cheap its a good idea

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

No thanks. Save the money and overspend on an everyday SS. And that bow-and-arrow has gotten tired.

rf04
rf04

I love that we've been talking to FA relievers. I think one or 2 vet arms in the bullpen would really be a lift to the team and specifically the starting pitchers. I'm starting to get optimistic... solid major league relievers would be a VERY good use of team resources, whereas I think Stephen Drew - while still an upgrade at SS, would be a less ideal use of payroll.

Just when I thought this team was beginning to lean a little too heavy on Gee, Wheeler, and Niese - Sandy goes and gets us rotation depth - and incentive for those guys to pitch well. I think they're all fine pitchers, but I felt like everyone is EXPECTING a solid season out of all 3... and that's not a sure thing.

I won't fret if it's not Rodney - but just reel in a proven useful arm, Sandy. This offseason has been very solid after the questionable CY signing!!

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

Anyone else not buying that the Mets offered Balfour a similar contract?

MMIAA
MMIAA

when is sandy going to stop talking and start acting.

mike23
mike23

Get it done mets! We could definitely use Rodney's powerful arm in the pen, also sign Drew for SS or make a trade to improve the position. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

If he signs does this mean we have to look at him with his Mets' cap all cockeyed? I hate that look.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

With Parnells neck injury even though he is back i still would not mind getting Rodney instead of getting Drew. Pitching too me is more of a better investment then over paying for a ss that is better off in slightly better lineups then ours.  I would think Drew would cost at least 11 or 12 per season and too me he is not worth that much . i know we have a slight hole there.  I never thought that Tejada was a bad fielder. Hitting is his issue and even that if he bats 8th is fine for now until something better comes along that makes more sense then a Stephen Drew at age 33 and aver 128 games . No thank you.

bsp123
bsp123

if we got Rodney and Drew, I'll say real good off season.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Rodney was great in 2012 and the second half of 2013. Other than that he's been a pitcher with some saves but a 4.50 era.

archer41
archer41

I'd take FR over Drew.  

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Worried about how Parnell handles moving to the 8th inning if he is healthy. Worried about hurting long term for short term.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Please make this happen.  He's a year removed from a  0.60 ERA/0.777 WHIP while pitching in the AL East.  Let's hope a  spacious Citi Field + the NL appeals to him.  

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

One more lock-down arm would be really nice. It would bump Vic Black to a seventh inning role and give more stability to the back end of the bullpen. Teams are showing how much you can do with a shutdown bullpen, and it would make this team more complete. I like the idea- let's make it happen.

drmetfan
drmetfan

WOW! I just wrote about Rodney yesterday when Balfour signed with the Rays. Let's go get it!!!! This guy is a work horse. He can be a mentor to this relievers group, a reliable late inning guy, and if Parnell falters, he can take over the closing role and get the job done. 

Edwin Cruz
Edwin Cruz

Signing Rodney would help the pen, but we still need a run producing bat in the outfield next to Granderson. The Org: is just gonna have to figure this Duda , Ike mess. 

Jeff Tinsman
Jeff Tinsman

I talk to girls that aren't my girlfriend all the time, hell, I even flirt with them. But just because they listen and I act interested doesn't mean anythings going to happen...

mets2891
mets2891

Come on, Mets, get this done.  Sign Rodney and Drew and I'll be very content with this off-season.

Metsnow
Metsnow

Talk is cheap....sign him now before someone else does like what is happening with all the other pitching options. We need all the help we can get with the pitching since our hitting will once again be mediocre at best!!!

sickntired
sickntired

Yea right. This will happen. Seems like Mets talk to everyone but sign no one! Sell the team!!

mets1973
mets1973

He would be a good signing if he takes a 1 year deal loaded with incentives. If Parnell is healthy and effective by the all-star break they could deal him to a team in the race for a prospect.

bigdirty
bigdirty

i like it a lot. O n a 2 year deal, why not. Its would be nice to have a veteran who can close with a realitvly young pen otherwise. 



rf04
rf04

@MMIAA He offered Balfour a contract. What more can he do? Let him talk - that's how this works. WE WANT HIM TALKING... to every guy with a major league arm that will listen!

rf04
rf04

@bsp123 Sign Rodney and Boggs and I'd like it even better than Rodney and Drew.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

@Kevin VanTassellCitifield is a good pitchers park that may help our Outfield defense is our strong spot now.  all but 2b is currenty ok if Ike plays ahead of Duda.  just talking on defense.

mets2014
mets2014

@drmetfan bro if they sign Rodney, parnell becomes 8th inning guy...that is why I much rather have an arm like kevin Gregg who would be the 8th inning guy and closer if parnell falters...use the money saved for an offensive player

rf04
rf04

@Edwin Cruz Well, you know the top 3 next OFs as they currently stand on the roster. Can't see anyone else coming in unless Puello or den Dekker or Kirk suddenly figure everything out. And the Ike/Duda thing is a good problem to have - unless they both hit like s---. 

Outside of bullpen, I think we know what we have with this team.

rf04
rf04

@Metsnow Whaddya want? They're working on it. They didn't just talk to Balfour apparently. Sandy is out there working... and focusing in the right area.

Let him talk, hopefully he's good enough at it to improve this bullpen.

stemog
stemog

@mets1973Why should he takes a deal loaded with incentives? He's had 85 saves the last two years. In 2012 his ERA was 0.60! He's gonna get at least what Balfour got.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

He makes them better in 2014 but how about the future? I'm concerned that it doesn't help the Mets groom young pitchers like Parnell, Black, Familia, the best pitcher to do that was Hawkins who they could have had a 2 years $6 million.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Are you trying to tell me this guy wouldn't make the New York Mets a better baseball team?

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@stemog Ehhh not necessarily.  I'm not saying the Mets should't pay him Balfour money, but his 0.60 ERA in 2012 marked the first time his ERA snuck below 4.00 in 5 seasons.  Balfour has had much more consistent numbers in a similar timeframe.

But don't get me wrong - I want Rodney.  Even if it means giving him Balfour money or a little bit better to get him in Queens.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

You're reaching with the Hawkins stuff man.  He was a great clubhouse guy, but he's not the only clubhouse guy.  They pay the coaching staff for a reason. 

And you contradicted yourself too in the sense that Hawkins would have taken up a spot in the bullpen just as Rodney might.

Understand that our starting rotation is soon to be filled with 3 or more young guys that will be on innings limits.  Having a strong, well-stocked bullpen will be absolutely crucial to this team finding success in 2014 and beyond.  There will be more than enough innings to go around for every single guy in that pen. 

And perhaps the biggest factor you're missing is Parnell's health. It's foolish to rely solely on the inexperienced Black as the emergency plan.