Friday, February 07, 2014
Fernando Rodney, who had interest from the Mets, signed a two-year, $14 million deal Thursday to become closer for the Seattle Mariners.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets remain in the market for a late-inning reliever. The remaining free agents include Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan.
The Mets have hope of landing the late-inning arm on a minor-league deal, but they are not guaranteeing it.
According to Rubin, Sandy Alderson told season-ticket holders Thursday night that they would have scouts watching Hanrahan throw, although the reliever will not be ready until May. He underwent Tommy John surgery last May.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
According to ESPN MetsBlog's Adam Rubin, the Mets are looking to add a closer type of pitcher and they have it in their budget.
The ESPN sources believe Fernando Rodney may be No. 1 on the team's target list, also... Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson or Joel Hanrahan might be alternatives...
The signing of Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal Monday has no impact on signing a bigger named free agent, it's just a depth move...
Bobby Parnell has expressed confidence in his ability to bounce back from surgery to repair a herniated disk, but there is little safety net right now, with Vic Black perhaps the most viable internal alternative as closer.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Alderson likewise said that New York was not enamored with the possibility of giving out a big league deal for a free agent reliever. New York has recently been linked with closer Fernando Rodney and reportedly made a legitimate run at Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays.
"Acquiring someone with some experience would give us some comfort going into Spring Training, but we don't want to preclude some of our younger pitchers from getting a solid opportunity either," Alderson explained. "So if there's somebody there that we like, we'll pursue them. Otherwise, one of the ways we've approached starting pitching, for example, is to bring in a couple of guys on minor league contracts and have them compete with some of our own internal candidates. We may do the same thing with the bullpen."
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that it makes little sense for Fernando Rodney to go to the Mets.
Team insiders tell Martino that Bobby Parnell has been assured the ninth inning is his, so Rodney would likely only pitch as the closer in the event of a setback in Parnell's recovery or further injury.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Since the Mets lost out on Grant Balfour, Sandy Alderson has been in dialogue with free-agent closer Fernando Rodney's representatives, according to ESPN.
Rodney, 36, went 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and recorded 37 saves last season with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mets officials have insisted they have payroll flexibility if a free agent is available at a valued price. The team currently has about $87 million committed to players in 2014.
The talks between Rodney's representatives and club officials are believed to be about the closer's role. That should not suggest there has been any setback with Bobby Parnell. But the interest in back-end relievers demonstrates there is at least some uncertainty as Parnell returns from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck -- an injury that prompted him to miss the final two months of last season.