Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Free Agency: New York Yankees in on Fernando Rodney?

The good news for Fernando Rodney is that teams remember his 2012 season. That will likely earn him a chance to close for a Major League team, or at least compete for the closer’s gig. The bad news for Rodney is that teams also remember his 2013 season, when he was a mess at times and would sometimes go three hitters without throwing a strike. He may not walk into a closer’s role, but the team that gives him a chance might end up being a contender that is looking to add depth. How about a team like the New York Yankees? Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe notes just such a possibility:

There’s a feeling that a team like the Yankees may pluck Rodney, or someone of his ilk, to ensure they have another closer in case Dave Robertson breaks down or isn’t up to the task.”

There would likely be no competition for the 9th inning job there; Robertson has been the closer-in-waiting for the Yankees for some time now and he has earned his shot. But contenders benefit from having a contingency plan, and Rodney stands to be a pretty solid option in that regard.

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  • Jim Harper

    He might be a good option, but his antics are very unYankee like and for that reason alone I would prefer they find someone else.

    • Richard Shattuck

      Exactly. He especially can’t follow Mariano, who was not only the best but the classiest, with his idiotic
      arrow and crooked-cap act. He obviously wants attention, but he just looks like a thug.
      That’s not even mentioning how mediocre and inconsistent he has been, other than his one lights-out season.

      • Hayden Kane

        I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you guys are right, it just wouldn’t seem right for Rodney to play a key role the year after Rivera retires…just doesn’t quite add up, especially given how inconsistent he has been.