Rodney drawing interest from the Mets and O’s
Just one year removed from one of the most impressive seasons ever produced by a closer, Fernando Rodney has spent the past few months finding it difficult to gain employment. But recent reports have indicated the Mets and Orioles have at least some level of interest in signing Rodney.
ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reported the Mets began speaking to Rodney after losing their bid to sign Grant Balfour, the veteran closer who signed a two-year deal with the Rays on Thursday.
The interest in Balfour and Rodney creates reason to believe the Mets are concerned about their projected closer Bobby Parnell, who missed the final two months of the 2013 season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.
After trading Jim Johnson to the A’s, the Orioles seemingly satisfied their need for a closer by agreeing to a deal with Balfour. Medical reports voided that potential deal soon after that agreement was reported.
While the Orioles could certainly use Rodney, who has combined for 85 saves over the past two seasons, MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli describes the club’s current interest in the closer as “lukewarm.”
— Mark Bowman