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  1. 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…

  2. The Mets are talking to Fernando Rodney

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    The Mets were reported to have pursued Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays and now they are reported to be talking to Fernando Rodney. Adam Rubin of ESPNNY has the report. This further suggests discomfort with handing the closer’s role to Bobby Parnell. Which makes one wonder why they let LaTroy Hawkins walk…

  3. Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey “wouldn’t be surprised” if Fernando Rodney returns

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

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    The Rays addressed their need for a closer by acquiring Heath Bell in a three-team trade at the beginning of December. Fernando Rodney, who had been their closer for the past two seasons, became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, but the right-hander has yet to sign with a new…

  4. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  5. Orioles have talked to Francisco Rodriguez about closing

    Dec 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    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…

  6. If Orioles don’t bring in new closer, Tommy Hunter the “clear favorite” to take over for Jim Johnson

    Dec 21, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    The Orioles’ closer situation is well-publicized at this point, considering their signing-then-unsigning of Grant Balfour was in the headlines for a while, and we also learned they have talked with the Phillies about Jonathan Papelbon and have shifted their focus to free agent Fernando Rodney as well. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that, if the Orioles…

  7. 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…

  8. Grant Balfour may file a grievance over Orioles’ decision to back out of contract

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that free agent reliever Grant Balfour is considering filing a grievance over the Orioles’ recent decision to back out of a two-year, $15 million contract. Balfour contends he is as healthy as ever, and multiple doctors agree with him. It is very hard to see what the Orioles…

  9. The Grant Balfour-Orioles deal is dead

    Dec 20, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    It has been flatlining since yesterday, but after heroic efforts were undertaken, Roch Kubatko calls it: #orioles wont complete deal with balfour. it’s off — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 20, 2013 Duquette: “The Orioles are moving on from this situation.” — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 20, 2013   The signing was supposed to be announced…

  10. 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…

  11. Grant Balfour’s deal with Orioles in “serious jeopardy” due to shoulder issue

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    The Orioles reportedly reached a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent closer Grant Balfour earlier this week, but the agreement has hit a snag. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Balfour’s deal with Baltimore is in serious jeopardy due to issues with his physical that “need to be resolved.” While the signing was supposed…

  12. Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a closer soon

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw. Hoynes writes that the…

  13. Orioles, Grant Balfour going back and forth on potential contract

    Dec 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jen Royle of the Boston Herald is reporting that the Orioles and free agent reliever Grant Balfour are still hammering out their differences on a potential contract. The Orioles preferred a two-year deal at $6 million per year; Balfour wanted a three-year deal at $8 million per year with a vesting option. Royle’s source says…

  14. Orioles have a multi-year deal on the table with Grant Balfour

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli confirmed a report that the Orioles have put a multi-year contract offer on the table with free agent closer Grant Balfour. Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that a team has offered him a third-year vesting option, but it’s not the Orioles. He also adds that the right-hander has a two-year…

  15. Joaquin Benoit is seeking between $7 million and $10 million per year

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    Why would anyone want to shop for Jonathan Papelbon when bargains like this exist around every corner? Joaquin Benoit‘s rep said to be looking for a deal in the range of $7 million-$10 million annually. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2013   Or Fernando Rodney for that matter, who is supposed to be seeking…

  16. Mariners interested in Fernando Rodney

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    At some point the Mariners will presumably want to add a high-priced closer to their increasingly expensive roster and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Seattle is interested in former Rays closer Fernando Rodney. Morosi notes that Rodney knows new Mariners manager Llloyd McClendon from their time together with the Tigers, although back then Rodney…

  17. Indians interested in Fernando Rodney, Brian Wilson

    Nov 12, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

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    After releasing Chris Perez the Indians might be in the market for a new closer and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’re “scheduled to talk to” free agents Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. However, according to Hoynes the Indians are more likely to wait for someone’s price tag to drop rather…

  18. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  19. The Rays’ all just wasn’t quite enough

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks, Yunel Escobar

    The Rays used 22 of their 25 players in Tuesday’s loss, and they were one inning away from turning to their Game 5 starter. Still, no matter how much Joe Maddon maneuvered, there was no outgunning the Red Sox this week. It was plenty close. The Rays got the break they needed in the second…

  20. Over-managing playoff managers and bunts that “work”

    Oct 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    jimmy dugan

    If I ever owned a baseball team, I’d want to hire Jimmy Dugan from “A League of their Own” as my manager. This isn’t only because he dislikes the bunt, though that helps — you probably remember the scene where he finally notices what’s happening on the field and calls off Geena Davis’ bunt sign…

  21. Red Sox guilty of a little too much playoff baseball

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Division Series - Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Three

    The Red Sox could have played this one straight up tonight. Instead, they made concessions to it being a postseason games. Because postseason games are rarely won 12-2 or 7-4. – In the seventh, with the score tied at 3, the Red Sox used Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa to get three outs. Those are…

  22. Jose Lobaton delivers walkoff homer against Red Sox to keep Rays’ season alive

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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    The Rays will live to see another day. After Fernando Rodney blew a save in the top of the ninth inning, Jose Lobaton delivered a walkoff solo homer off Koji Uehara in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS.…

  23. Rays take lead over Red Sox in eighth inning of Game 3 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Delmon Young Getty

    The Rays aren’t letting their season go without a fight. Thanks to an RBI ground out from pinch-hitter Delmon Young, the Rays moved ahead of the Red Sox 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. The rally started after James Loney walked against Franklin Morales and Desmond Jennings reached on a bunt single. Matt…

  24. Just another shutout for Alex Cobb and the Rays

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    The Rays (17) and the Indians (16) were the only American League teams to throw 15 shutouts this season, so it’s fitting that the wild card turned into another one. Pitching himself into and out of trouble, Alex Cobb scattered eight hits in 6 2/3 innings before leaving with a 3-0 lead. Joel Peralta, Jake…

  25. Rays blank Indians in American League Wild Card Game

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

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    It’s rare that a team will tally nine hits and be held scoreless, but that is exactly what happened to the host Indians in Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Using an arsenal of vicious breaking stuff and a steady low-90s fastball, Rays starter Alex Cobb worked in and…

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