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Orioles looking at Fernando Rodney as Grant Balfour alternative

Dec 20, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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Grant Balfour‘s two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is in jeopardy because the team didn’t like what it saw during his pre-signing physical exam and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re turning their attention to Fernando Rodney.

Any pursuit of Rodney would only happen if Balfour’s deal is wiped away, but Connolly suggests that’s “likely” to happen now.

Comparing their numbers over the past two seasons …

               BALFOUR     RODNEY
Innings            137        141
ERA               2.56       1.91
SO/9               9.4       10.1
BB/9               3.6        3.2
HR/9               0.7        0.3
AVG against       .182       .189
Save %            92.5       89.4

Pretty damn close. It’ll be interesting to see if the money ends up close too.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Those stats lie. They ignore the fact the Balfour’s numbers are representative of his career, while Rodney’s average together his one freakishly good year with a decidedly more mediocre year which is closer to his career averages.

  2. billybawl - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Might be more telling to look at recent trends. I haven’t checked the stats, but my observation of Balfour is that he was losing the strike zone in the second half of last year. I think all just assumed this was just what happens from time to time, but maybe there was a problem he was keeping under wraps.

  3. losangelesfan - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Put your hat on straight!

  4. mikedi33 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    What was the point of getting rid of Johnson if they were still going to pay this money for a closer?

    • psuorioles - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      For the umpteenth time… they did NOT want to pay a closer $10+ million a year.. why is that hard to understand?

  5. steelhammer92 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    The Orioles must have had second thoughts when they witnessed Balfour repeatedly asking the examining doctor, “Why the **** you looking at me, man?”

  6. Loose Changeup - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    No worries, Troy Patton is amped for the closer job

  7. jfk69 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    If these free agents hang on till the Arod decision. They stand to make a fortune if it goes against Arod and he is suspended for next season. The Yankees then will be buying everything not nailed down. Boras sitting with Choo and big Cheshire grin.
    Youkillis might not have to go to Japan after all..lol

  8. jfk69 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Sorry on above post. Meant to say if Arod wins and only gets 50 games. Then the party is on for free agents. One million over or 100 million over. It is the same thing for penalty tax.

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