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Orioles have talked to Francisco Rodriguez about closing

Dec 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Francisco Rodriguez AP

According to several reports the Orioles have targeted Fernando Rodney as their top closer choice now that their deal with Grant Balfour has fallen apart, but they also need a fallback option to Rodney too.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun suggests that it might be Francisco Rodriguez, writing that the Orioles “recently reached out to Rodriguez’s camp to see if he’d at least be willing to consider a return with the closer situation undefined.”

Baltimore acquired Rodriguez from Milwaukee in July, but used him in a middle relief role and manager Buck Showalter rarely put him into anything resembling a high-leverage situation. He pitched well overall with a 2.70 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio in 47 innings.

  1. xdj511 - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I was waiting for K-Rod to end up in Tampa Bay. Don’t they tend to sign the majority of players who have… how should I put this… “character issues?”

    Although with Luke Scott in Korea it’s gotten a little better.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I’d rather roll the dice with Tommy Hunter than sign an aging wife-beater.

    Maybe that’s just me though.

  3. number42is1 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Closing what???

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I’d rather have Balfour

  5. cackalackyank - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Talk is cheap. So is Angelos.

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