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Report: The Orioles are “being aggressive” in pursuit of Fernando Rodney

Dec 21, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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After nixing a reported two-year, $15 million deal with Grant Balfour due to concerns raised in a physical exam, the Orioles are moving quickly to secure an alternative for the closer role.

Confirming reports from yesterday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the Orioles are “being aggressive” in their pursuit to land free agent closer Fernando Rodney. It’s unclear whether Baltimore would be able to secure him at a similar price as Balfour’s proposed deal, but he appears to be their first choice among the fallback options. Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reported last night that the Orioles and Phillies discussed a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade, but there’s nothing to suggest that talks made it very far.

Rodney wasn’t nearly as effective this past season as he was in his historic 2012 campaign, but he still posted a 3.38 ERA and 82 strikeouts over 66 2/3 innings and saved 37 games.

  1. mmeyer3387 - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Rodney is an upgrade over Balfour and slight one over Johnson. Additionally, Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t come close to the three mentioned, even if he were to come cheap. Although, I think that Rodney is a little better than Johnson. Yet, he is not head and shoulders better than Johnson. Just maybe the Orioles should have just kept Johnson, which would have saved them a lot of drama.

  2. pisano - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    mmeyer3387… You have a good point there, Rodney’s era for a closer is rather high. I didn’t see a lot of his games, but the ones I saw, he was either lights out, or he couldn’t get himself arrested, hence the 3.38 ERA. As you said, maybe Johnson was a keeper.

  3. plmathfoto - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    They want to move quickly on him so they can get him in for the physical!

  4. rbj1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I heard Rodney once had a hang nail.

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