Oct 7, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets had interest in Grant Balfour, and reportedly offered the same deal Balfour initially inked with the Rays, so their interest in Rodney seems like a direct reaction to missing out on Balfour.
Rodney, who turns 37 in March, made a base salary of $2.5 million last season for the Rays. In 66.2 innings pitched, Rodney put up an ERA of 3.38 to go along with a 1.33 WHIP.
In Rubin’s report, he notes that part of the Mets’ discussions with Rodney have to do with whether or not he’d be given the role of closer.
Like pretty much every reliever, Rodney is a bit erratic.
However, he’s a solid arm that should be dependable enough in the late innings for whichever team he signs with.
With that said, I don’t want the Mets to sign Rodney and anoint him the closer. Bobby Parnell is eight years younger than Rodney, and earned the job with a spectacular 2013.
There has been some concern about Parnell’s recovery from herniated disk surgery, but Mike Puma of the Post tweeted earlier today that Parnell has been throwing without issue in Port St. Lucie and that he looks great.
Bringing in Rodney as another back end of the pen option is fine. If it’s as a replacement for Parnell, the Mets should pass.