Blue Jays interested in Rodriguez, exploring trade options for closer

The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly interested in free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted Monday evening that Rodriguez is on the club’s radar, adding that the Jays is first exploring trade options for a closer.

Casey Janssen held down the ninth inning for the Jays the last three seasons but is now a free agent. The 33-year-old righty posted a 3.94 ERA with 25 saves in 2014.

Two top free agent closing options — David Robertson and Andrew Miller — are already off the market, having signed four-year deals in Chicago and New York, respectively. As far as trade options go, Washington’s Tyler Clippard is reportedly available, and Toronto has also previously been linked to a few of the Royals’ bullpen arms. Though the Kansas City Star reported earlier this month that Greg Holland, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera are not available for a trade.

Rodriguez, who turns 33 on January 7th, went 5-5 with a 3.04 ERA and 44 saves while with the Brewers last season, his fifth career All-Star campaign. The veteran right-hander is entering his 14th Major League season.

—Chad Thornburg

5 Comments

They should trade for Kimbrel. Braves would probably want Pompey back in a deal, but it’s worth looking into.

As a Yankees fan, I know that Kimbrel would be the best closing option for the Jays, and many other teams as well, regardless if he’s available or not. However, I think someone like Cecil could do the job.

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Isn’t Rafael Soriano (Nats) a free agent? Any interest there maybe?

It’s not worth trading Kimberly for Pompey

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