Fernando Rodney might not long be without a home.
Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports indicates that the Seattle Mariners join the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles as clubs who are in serious pursuit of Rodney.
The soon-to-be-37-year-old pitched in Tampa Bay with the Rays last season going 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA, compiling 37 saves. Coming off of a year where he only had a 0.60 ERA and just over a 5 K/BB ratio, this was a down year, but Rodney still registered in the elite class of closers hitting the free agent market this off season. Last week, the Rays signed free agent Grant Balfour to a two-year, $12 million contract, effectively replacing Rodney.
Last year, the Mariners turned their closer duties over to Tom Wilhelmsen for the majority of the season. He had an 0-3 record with a 4.12 ERA and earned 24 saves. Towards the end of the year, the M’s handed the ball to Danny Farquhar, who fared about the same. Farquhar had an 0-3 record with a 4.20 ERA, but did save 16 games.
The crooked-hat-wearing righty would be a marked improvement over the Mariners’ current 9th-inning situation.