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.