Aug 30, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) pitches against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Orioles have 'checked in' on Francisco Rodriguez

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The Baltimore Orioles thought they had their closer situation figured out when they signed Grant Balfour. But thanks to a failed physical, that dream quickly turned into a nightmare and now the Orioles are without a closer.

They’ve reportedly looked at other available options in free agency, but have been less than impressed – especially in regards to the financial commitment they’d need to make. Rumors have linked them to Fernando Rodney, but he too has reportedly been deemed too pricey which has lead to speculation that in-house arm Tommy Hunter could be named the closer moving forward.

But of course, using Hunter in that role weakens the relief core which is why the Orioles likely checked in on Francisco Rodriguez, who Baltimore was ready to let go when free agency broke:

According to an industry source, however, the Orioles recently reached out to Rodriguez’s camp to see if he’d at least be willing to consider a return with the Orioles’ closer situation undefined.

K-Rod wasn’t overly effective during his short stint with Baltimore last season, so it’s possible the team is looking at Rodriguez to fill a 7th or 8th inning role vacated by Hunter rather than giving him the closing job.

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