Sandy Alderson has been reportedly trying to find veteran bullpen help as well as a possible backup plan at closer in case Bobby Parnell is not ready for Opening Day.
The 36-year-old Rodney posted a 3.38 ERA and a 1.335 WHIP, with 37 saves, for Tampa Bay in 2013. Rodney pitched to a miniscule 0.60 ERA and 0.777 WHIP, tallying 48 saves in 2012.
Rodney signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays in 2012 with a team option for 2013. He earned $2.5 million with the Rays last season.
New York was trying to work out a deal for Grant Balfour, but he opted to return to Tampa Bay on Thursday, despite the Mets offering a similar, or possibly larger deal, according to reports.
Rodney has been a curious case over the course of his career, but he’s a veteran with experience and could provide insurance to Parnell if he struggles to regain his form after his neck surgery.
Like most closers, Rodney mainly has just two pitches – a hard fastball and change-up, but his awkward delivery can make his change-up much more deceptive to opposing hitters. He was mostly erratic during his time with the Tigers and Angels, but he found himself while pitching under Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey with the Rays, and was incredible in 2012 thanks to only walking 15 batters in 66 2/3 innings. His walks crept back up in 2013, especially during the first half when he issued 25 walks in only 40 1/3 innings, but he pitched much better in the second half last year.