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Mets have been in touch with Fernando Rodney, hoping his price dropped

Jan 24, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have checked in with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney as well as many other relievers, hoping that prices had fallen “way down”. An executive Sherman spoke to said that he wouldn’t classify anything as “hot”.

The Mets’ bullpen is comprised of a lot of young arms, including 29-year-old closer Bobby Parnell. However, Parnell is recovering from a herniated disk his neck which knocked him out of the final two months of the 2013 season. He underwent surgery in September, but recent reports have indicated that the right-hander looks “great”. Still, it’s always good to have another option in the event Parnell can’t stay on the field or has lost effectiveness.

Rodney, who turns 37 years old on March 18, is coming off of two great seasons with the Rays. In 2012, he wound up fifth in AL Cy Young voting after he finished with a 0.60 ERA and 48 saves in 74 2/3 innings of work. Last year, he finished at 3.38 with 37 saves in 66 2/3 innings. Rodney’s strikeout rates in each of the past two seasons (27%, 28%) have both been the highest of his career.

  1. natstowngreg - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    James Wagner of The Washington Post threw out Rodney’s name as a Nats possibility, now that Grant Balfour has signed elsewhere.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/01/23/with-grant-balfour-off-the-market-other-potential-nationals-bullpen-options/

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    In other news my feet have been in touch with the floor.

  3. maritime85 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Just sign the fn guy mets! JEEEEEEZ YOU’RE A BIG MARKET TEAM! ACT LIKE IT ALREADY

    • mmeyer3387 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      I think he world be a big help for the Mets.

  4. nymets05 - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Go for it.They could use an experienced power arm in the bullpen.

  5. sclobernocker47 - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    The Rays have a nack for pushing away from the table at the right time (is Kazmir, Benoit, etc). If they can afford him and choose not to (see Balfour re-signing) there’s probably a good reason for it.

  6. jetsfaninnj - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    The Mets have done nothing this offseason. Who is going to hit on this team? Sandy, the Wilpon’s, the whole team is a joke. Can’t take them seriously. We will see if ’15 is any different. That’s right. I said ’15. The ’14 season is already over.

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