Orioles, Three Others Showing “Significant” Interest In Rodney

MONDAY: The Orioles are one of four teams showing "significant" interest in Rodney, Connolly reports. Baltimore's decision not to sign Balfour has "unquestionably" intensified the Rodney market, Connolly's source added. Baltimore likes Rodney's recent AL East success, but there's a sense that he could require a larger deal than the two-year, $15MM agreement with Balfour that crumbled, and that could be beyond the Orioles' comfort limit, says Connolly.

The team has also checked in on Francisco Rodriguez, Connolly adds. One source told him that the O's have reached out to K-Rod very recently, but the sense is that it was more due diligence than genuine interest. Rodriguez wasn't happy with his role in Baltimore's bullpen in 2013, as he rarely worked high leverage innings after being acquired from the Brewers for infield prospect Nick Delmonico.

FRIDAY: With the Grant Balfour decision in limbo, the Orioles are turning their attention to Fernando Rodney, an industry source tells Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun (via Twitter).  The O's had discussions with and about Rodney earlier this winter but negotiations didn't progress (link).

Rodney is reportedly seeking as much as $10MM per year, which would make him a considerably more expensive option than Balfour.  However, with many closing vacancies already filled, Rodney's leverage may not be as great as it was early in the offseason.  By that same token, his agents at the MVP Sports group can make the case that Rodney is the best closer left on the market to try to get the Orioles to pay a premium.

Rodney is coming off a strong season in which he pitched to a 3.38 ERA with 11.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 66 2/3 innings for the Rays.  Though he racked up another 37 saves, Rodney's history of command issues resurfaced in 2013 after it looked like he may have overcome that problem a year prior.  In his free agent profile of Rodney back on Nov. 1, our own Steve Adams predicted a two-year, $18MM contract for the soon-to-be 37-year-old.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.


99 Responses to Orioles, Three Others Showing “Significant” Interest In Rodney Leave a Reply

  1. The_Porcupine 2 years ago

    Hate the idea of signing Rodney, but I guess there isn’t that much better left.

    • John Kreese 2 years ago

      BAL not comfortable giving O’Day or Hunter a shot to close?

      • Jake Cornwell 2 years ago

        They like O’Day as setup man, not sure about Hunter working everyday as a closer

        • Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

          I think the problem with Hunter is that he’s just can’t pitch that often, plus he’s to prone to the long ball.

          • Jake Cornwell 2 years ago

            Yeah you’re right he was a disaster when he pitched back-to-back nights last year.

        • The_Porcupine 2 years ago

          Lefties light up O’day and Hunter. Righties light up Matusz. There isn’t an answer for closer on the team at the moment.

          • teakayfortoowon 2 years ago

            Is a closer by committee so terrible that they should spend $10M on Rodney?

        • The_Porcupine 2 years ago

          Lefties light up O’day and Hunter. Righties light up Matusz. There isn’t an answer for closer on the team at the moment.

      • Synaptician 2 years ago

        O’Day and Hunter heavily favor righties. They would have to platoon the role with someone like Matusz.

        • shysterguy 2 years ago

          Talk about Matusz to the rotation and Norris closing not an option anymore….not saying it’s a great option…just wondering if it still should be considered now.

          • Jake Cornwell 2 years ago

            I’m sure they’ll still consider it. I hate the idea of Matusz being back in the rotation though

          • T.J. McFarland's Mustache 2 years ago

            One problem with this option is that Norris has scary splits against him, too. Norris could probably be a great role-player in the bullpen a la Hunter, but when looking for a closer, you really need a guy who doesn’t get categorically destroyed by opposite-handed players.

        • shysterguy 2 years ago

          Talk about Matusz to the rotation and Norris closing not an option anymore….not saying it’s a great option…just wondering if it still should be considered now.

  2. Jim Low 2 years ago

    Hindsight 20/20 and not really fair to act like the FO would know about the injury but the Orioles being “cheap” has bit them hard

  3. John Kreese 2 years ago

    I wonder if BAL or Balfour’s reps will let out what the physical found that halted the deal?

    • Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

      I’m sure its the shoulder. Probably scar tissue, minor tear, etc.

    • JacobyWanKenobi 2 years ago

      The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) normally creates privatization of medical information, but professional teams often create their own HIPAA exemptions through the use of contract clauses that allow team doctors and trainers to release private medical information to coaches, front office personnel, and owners.

      Such as with Pedroia’s thumb I believe.

      • $3513744 2 years ago

        those exemptions are much like the exemptions each of us have with our insurance carriers that allows them access to our medical records. however, there’s nothing in HIPAA that says it’s okay for those team doctors, trainers, coaches, personnel, and owners to make that knowledge known to the public. it’s something that i still don’t understand isn’t a bigger issue with this information always being leaked. if you were an employee at a hospital and did any miniscule thing to violate HIPAA, it would be a big deal. it seems to be a different story in sports.

    • Jake Cornwell 2 years ago

      It is his right shoulder possibly related to a torn rotator cuff earlier in his career

    • Morley C 2 years ago

      Well, my joke falls flat when it’s referencing a different guy. Carry on…

  4. Jonathan Barlock 2 years ago

    The O’s have competition with the Ms to get Rodney. I would say the Ms have a better chance at getting him since Rodney and McClendon know each other

    • skrockij89 2 years ago

      You’re correct but it all comes down to years and money. Balfour might be a cheap pickup now.

      • Jonathan Barlock 2 years ago

        Yup, I wonder what went wrong with the physical?

        • Jake Cornwell 2 years ago

          It was something with his right shoulder. I think Rodney would be too expensive for the Ms now but I could see them signing Balfour for cheap after this.

          • Jonathan Barlock 2 years ago

            They have more payroll flexibility this yr. So over 90mil

          • Jake Cornwell 2 years ago

            True but there has been a lot of talk that they are close to their payroll limit.

          • skrockij89 2 years ago

            I’ve heard a lot of things but they’re still not to last years payroll. I think its a strategy to make other teams think they’re done.

          • Jonathan Barlock 2 years ago

            They cant be done, because spending all that money on Cano and already being done wouldnt make sense. I agree with you. Just a false rumor

  5. mack22 2 years ago

    The O’s messed up when they let Johnson walk.

    • skrockij89 2 years ago

      They traded him to the A’s.

      • mack22 2 years ago

        That’s what I meant, the O’s should have just hung on to him for a year. They were competitive last year, this offseason hasn’t been kind to Baltimore, and might be a last place finish for next season.

        • Steve Adams 2 years ago

          Prior to Balfour’s physical, trading Johnson looked like one of the best decisions of the winter. They got a lottery ticket former prospect at second base plus had Balfour (a better pitcher than Johnson) and Ryan Webb on board for a combined total that was less than Johnson was going to earn in arbitration.

          • mack22 2 years ago

            Having that close role filled helps to win ball games. I remember when San Diego had Hoffmen, that dude was Mr. Lights out. the Padres weren’t much but if they had a lead going into the ninth they won, with Hoffmen.

          • Hoffman is one of the best closers of all time, I think everyone remembers him.

          • mack22 2 years ago

            Having that close role filled helps to win ball games. I remember when San Diego had Hoffmen, that dude was Mr. Lights out. the Padres weren’t much but if they had a lead going into the ninth they won, with Hoffmen.

    • Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

      They were going to DFA him if they didn’t trade him. 10.5 million for a closer is to pricey for everyone not named Rivera

      • mack22 2 years ago

        Not in today’s market.

        • Steve Adams 2 years ago

          It’s plenty expensive. Look at the closers around the game. The only ones making $10MM+ anymore are Johnson, Papelbon Soriano and Nathan. And the Phillies are desperately shopping Papelbon because of that salary.

          • mack22 2 years ago

            No-no my friend they are trying to dump Papelbon because of his mouth & public statements.

        • I mean it sort of is. How many teams are truly happy with their 10 million a year closers?

          • mack22 2 years ago

            Dodgers are.

          • They don’t have one. They do have Brandon League which would’ve been enough to scare any other team away from signing another big money reliever but the Dodgers have a big pot of gold.

          • mack22 2 years ago

            yeah the TV deal is really helping out. But since League was a disaster they really needed to do something, Jansen can’t close every game.

          • bigb69 2 years ago

            They have the beard and unlimited funds, they are good

          • Dawson Carlson 2 years ago

            I would say he most certainly can. his WHIP was 0.861 last year with an FIP of 1.99. His K rates have been ridiculous since he’s been a pro. He’s gotten better every year ! He looks pretty much like the second coming of Kimbrel

          • mack22 2 years ago

            yeah the TV deal is really helping out. But since League was a disaster they really needed to do something, Jansen can’t close every game.

      • johnbrooks 2 years ago

        They weren’t just going to DFA Jim Johnson, they would’ve kept him and ended up paying him. If they DFAed Johnson then they would lost him for nothing.

        • Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

          Yep they were prepared to lose him for nothing to dump his salary. Orioles writer Britt Geruli confirmed that he would have been DFA if he was not traded

          • Tyler Jedrzejak 2 years ago

            He would have never been DFA’d just saying

      • Cereal 2 years ago

        It’s the market some teams are paying that price

        • T.J. McFarland's Mustache 2 years ago

          Severe overpays don’t set the market, and non-elite relievers are not worth >$10M, period.

      • Brandon Sans 2 years ago

        Or Kimbrel

      • Brandon Sans 2 years ago

        Or Kimbrel

  6. Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

    If Rodney agrees to a deal similar to Balfore’s except with a team option for a third year then I’m all for it… if not I say pass. As for Balfore, I think a 500K base with incentives up to the 7mil for days off the DL is fair, maybe a team option for an additional year for 7mil.

    • mack22 2 years ago

      I don’t think Rodney is all that great, Certainly better than Brandon League but he’s no Brian Wilson.

    • mack22 2 years ago

      As far as Balfore goes I think another team will pick him up PDQ if the O’s don’t

  7. bobbleheadguru 2 years ago

    Don’t like the name “Ball Four” for a closer.

    • OhthePossibilities 2 years ago

      Certainly haven’t heard that 9 million times…

      • JacobyWanKenobi 2 years ago

        Maybe he just doesn’t want to take the joke for Grant-ed. :)

      • bobbleheadguru 2 years ago

        I am bitter with his disrespect of VMART. Tigers could have used him.. but NO GO with Vmart on the roster.

  8. bobbleheadguru 2 years ago

    Rodney limits the running game with his slightly off center hat. Overlooked brilliance masked by an apparent “disrespect of the game” fashion statement.

  9. Catztradamus 2 years ago

    At $10mm per for Rodney the orioles might be better served working out a deal for papelbon

  10. Catztradamus 2 years ago

    At $10mm per for Rodney the orioles might be better served working out a deal for papelbon

  11. Jake Cornwell 2 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind signing Hanrahan and using a combo of Matusz/Hunter/O’day until he’s ready to pitch

    • connfyoozed . 2 years ago

      Hanrahan was not the same guy in the last half of 2011 with the Bucs, and that was before he got hurt. His command was flat out awful. What makes that a little more scary is that, if you go back to when he was a National and to immediately after Pittsburgh acquired him, he also had control problems. Between that and last year’s injury, signing Hanrahan should be a team’s version of taking a flier, not a solution to a closer problem.

  12. snowbladerp14 2 years ago

    just what i want a closer with a 1.335 whip

  13. Cereal 2 years ago

    Peter Angelos is not good at this.

  14. LordOfTheSwings 2 years ago

    I really doubt Rodney will get 10m given the Balfour, Nathan and Benoit’s deals(/almost deals).

  15. T.J. McFarland's Mustache 2 years ago

    Rodney’s 2012 is looking pretty fluky. I’m pretty sure the author of this post is trolling, calling a season where he posted a 4.9BB/9 a “strong season.” The man’s career walk rate is worse than Kevin Gregg’s…

    • OhthePossibilities 2 years ago

      Kevin Gregg never even dreamed of a season with 11 K/9.

      • T.J. McFarland's Mustache 2 years ago

        Rodney may have ticked up the Ks in 2013, but the two are very similar pitchers over the course of their careers.

        1.33 WHIP (Rodney) / 1.36 WHIP (Gregg)
        11.4% BB% (Rodney)/ 10.5% BB% (Gregg)
        22.1% K % (Rodney)/ 21.0% K% (Gregg)
        3.71 SIERA (Rodney)/ 3.92 SIERA (Gregg)

      • T.J. McFarland's Mustache 2 years ago

        Rodney may have ticked up the Ks in 2013, but the two are very similar pitchers over the course of their careers.

        1.33 WHIP (Rodney) / 1.36 WHIP (Gregg)
        11.4% BB% (Rodney)/ 10.5% BB% (Gregg)
        22.1% K % (Rodney)/ 21.0% K% (Gregg)
        3.71 SIERA (Rodney)/ 3.92 SIERA (Gregg)

  16. T.J. McFarland's Mustache 2 years ago

    Rodney’s 2012 is looking pretty fluky. I’m pretty sure the author of this post is trolling, calling a season where he posted a 4.9BB/9 a “strong season.” The man’s career walk rate is worse than Kevin Gregg’s…

  17. FOmeOLS 2 years ago

    “With many closing vacancies already filled”
    What that means is that Dan Duquette waited too long before making any moves.
    Then when his choice fell through, as it apparently has, he is left with no options.
    This is why you should move early, instead of late, and this is why Dan’s apparent lack of planning is a terrible flaw.
    Yes, it is not, perhaps, Dan’s fault that his eventual choice turned out to be damaged goods.
    But it is most definitely Dan’s fault that he waited so long that now he has almost no options.

  18. I wouldn’t be surprised if Balfour just took less to still sign with Baltimore.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he took less to sign with TB or NYY on a 1 year deal just to show the O’s he’s as healthy and angry as ever!

  19. Pei Kang 2 years ago

    Even with the potential injury issue to Balfour, I’d still rather have him than Rodney.

  20. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

    Owch! There is no such thing as a stress free save from Rodney.

    • bobbleheadguru 2 years ago

      In 2012, he was as stress free as could be.

      0.60 ERA, 0.78 WHIP.

      • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

        And in 2011 he had a 43% save rate, that about as stress full as could be. He has a career save rate of 79% and a BB/9 of 4.5. 2012 happens to be the one year he had BB/9 under 3.5 (1.8 in 2012). It was nothing more than an anomaly. Expecting that level of performance from him is nothing short of insane.

        • Nick Costanza 2 years ago

          Considering he wasn’t even a closer in 2011, using save rate to draw a conclusion is curious.

          • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

            He was the closer to start the year for LAA in 2011, he was just so terrible from 2010-2011 he lost the job!

          • Nick Costanza 2 years ago

            Even so, a sample of 4 saves and 3 blown saves (not all of which came when he was the closer, I’m pretty sure…many non closers get blown saves on their stats) isn’t great to base any assumptions on.

          • Nick Costanza 2 years ago

            Even so, a sample of 4 saves and 3 blown saves (not all of which came when he was the closer, I’m pretty sure…many non closers get blown saves on their stats) isn’t great to base any assumptions on.

        • Troy 2 years ago

          Just because one has good save rate doesnt mean they are stress free saves. Have you Watch Todd Jones or Papa Grande saves games? Im a Tigers fan and the year that Valverde saved 49/49 half of them he would create way to much drama for my liking. And here is anther thing that save rate doesnt address. Valverde also had terrible numbers when he was used in non save situations.

  21. Blahable 2 years ago

    Judging how the poor souls who live in Baltimore treated Pedro Strop because how he wore his hat..I’d hate how they’d treat Rodney.

  22. Soxfan1120 2 years ago

    I’ll tell ya,Rodney gets no respect,no respect at all.

  23. Soxfan1120 2 years ago

    I’ll tell ya,Rodney gets no respect,no respect at all.

  24. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

    Much rather have Balfour than Rodney, Rodney had 2 solid seasons in TB but his career numbers show he is an inconsistent reliever not worthy of a sizeable commitment

  25. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

    Much rather have Balfour than Rodney, Rodney had 2 solid seasons in TB but his career numbers show he is an inconsistent reliever not worthy of a sizeable commitment

  26. Matt Talbert 2 years ago

    Why not give K-rod a shot, he’s clearly superior to Rodney IMO. Rodney doesn’t need to sign and just hang em up IMO.

  27. bobbleheadguru 2 years ago

    Tigers should sign him: High upside, “Roller Coaster” downside, prior familiarity. Incentive laden contract would be perfect.

    I am all for Rodney now that I understand that his hat angle is used to fool runners into thinking he might be looking their way, when he is actually looking towards home.

    • Tigers72 2 years ago

      I agree and he could be a very solid setup man.

  28. rsoxbob 2 years ago

    I would LOVE to see Rodney remain in the AL East. Easiest closer for the Red Sox to beat last year (although the White Sox and Tigers had bad closers as well).

    • bobbleheadguru 2 years ago

      Huh?

      Benoit was a bad closer in 2013?

      2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 9.8 K/9.

      • rsoxbob 2 years ago

        I stand corrected–Benoit was good. I’m unfairly remembering the Tigers late/postseason BP struggles.

  29. RyanWKrol 2 years ago

    I would just stay away from this. The Orioles signing Rodney to close could perhaps pull their bullpen down and become dead weight.

  30. Laz14 2 years ago

    Do the White Sox look at Rodney?? Could be a way to fill our closer need

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