The New York Mets are in need of a closer, but it’s looking more and more likely that they will not sign free agent Fernando Rodney to fill that role.
It was reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the Mets had allotted themselves a dollar amount to ‘sign a closer type’ and the belief in many circles was that Rodney would be that guy. However, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, it’s unlikely the Mets will make an offer to Rodney who most recently closed for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Anyhow, a source says the Mets are still in the market for late-inning help, and it could even be a big league deal. But Rodney is unlikely.
Currently the Mets are planning to use Bobby Parnell in their closing role, though he’s recovering from offseason neck surgery and it’s not known how effective he’ll be – especially out of the gate.
The Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles are also said to be interested in Rodney, though, no deal is imminent with any of the teams.