Sep 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Rogers Centre. Tampa defeated Toronto 7-6. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Fernando Rodney could become option for Yankees

The New York Yankees have spent the offseason filling holes, but one position still in need of repair is at the back end of the bullpen.

With Mariano Rivera hanging up the cleats, the Bronx Bombers are in need of a closer, but the options continue to dwindle as the offseason grows shorter. Yes, there are some prime time names still available, but the Yankees may be looking at cheaper alternatives, shocking as that might seem.

One such name rumored to be a potential candidate would be Fernando Rodney, who most recently spent time with fellow American League East foe, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rodney is coming off a rocky 2013 campaign, though, it’s not totally reflected in his numbers as he still maintained a very respectable 3.38 ERA. That of course comes off a season in 2012 where Rodney tossed 70+ innings and only had a .60 ERA (yes, you read that correctly).

The Yankees could be hoping Rodney returns to form rather than opting for a more high-priced talent:

Yes, as several tweeps point out, Rodney could emerge as option for #Yankees, too.

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