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Rodney might also head to AL East rival

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 23, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees greatest remaining need is in their bullpen, but it looks like two of the last remaining top free agent relievers might be heading to other teams in the American League East.

We learned earlier today that Grant Balfour has signed a two-year deal with the Rays, and now Johah Keri reports that Fernando Rodney is “making progress” on a deal with the Orioles. Makes sense considering the Orioles tried to sign Balfour earlier in the winter, backed out because of medical concerns, and would presumably be still in the market for a potential impact reliever (I’m not sure short-term Yankees lefty Aaron Laffey counts as an “impact” reliever).

Also, Jon Rauch is off the board, signing a minor league deal with the Royals.

At this point, the free agent relief market is down to a bunch of risk-reward options. Proven closer Joe Nathan signed pretty early with the Tigers, and one-time closers Chris Perez, Joaquin Benoit, John Axford, Jose Veras, Edward Mujica and Brian Wilson also signed quite a while ago. What’s left are a bunch of guys coming off injuries (Ryan Madson, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey) and a bunch of guys who have been pretty inconsistent in recent years (Jose Valverde, Mitchell Boggs, Carlos Marmol).

As the crowd thins out even more, it seems less and less likely that the Yankees will be able to land a reliable, feel-good-about-it reliever on the free agent market. There are plenty of could-work-out options available — which might fit the team’s financial plans — but Balfour seemed to be the closest thing to a sure thing, and he’s off the board.

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55 Responses to “Rodney might also head to AL East rival”

  1. joeman January 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    just in case closer please..are there any left ?

  2. willwill January 23rd, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    montgomery but he’s in aaa

  3. Irreverent Discourse January 23rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Still surprised at Garza to the Brewers.

    The Orioles really needed him. They are really in trouble now.

    Hanrahan or Bailey are the only guys on the RP market I would even consider. That’s obviously only if they are cheap and have completely clean bills of health.

    I still say there are enough internal options that will provide a similar level of performance to the FA market. Betances could (should) be completely dominant out of the pen this season.

  4. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Don’t want Rodney at all

  5. joeman January 23rd, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I’d take a 2012 Mitchell Boggs,

  6. Jerkface January 23rd, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    http://www.tofugu.com/2014/01/.....ro-tanaka/

    Enjoy this article with a drawing of Yankees Tanaka

  7. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Is anyone going to the Super Bowl around here..?

  8. Against All Odds January 23rd, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Irreverent Discourse January 23rd, 2014 at 3:45 pm
    AAO – He has been riding the wave of Mike & the Dog since the Dog left

    ——————

    Maybe after the first yr or so. Mad Dog hasn’t been his co-host since August of 08. I understand having a built in audience but Mike and the Mad Dog was built on them going back and forth but he is still getting high ratings be himself.

  9. joeman January 23rd, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:14 pm
    Is anyone going to the Super Bowl around here..?
    ————————-
    to cold

  10. Mordot11 January 23rd, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    In other news…the YES Network is dropping Francesa for Michael Kay.

  11. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    @GordonEdes: Lester says he not only expects he will have to take a discount to stay, he’s willing to do so”

    The brainwashing continues

  12. Mordot11 January 23rd, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Weird…didn’t post the rest of my post…I was going to add that I think this is a great decision since Francesa has become increasingly difficult to listen to over the last couple of years. he constantly cuts off and berates his callers, while refusing to ever consider another person’s point of view.

  13. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Maybe after the first yr or so. Mad Dog hasn’t been his co-host since August of 08. I understand having a built in audience but Mike and the Mad Dog was built on them going back and forth but he is still getting high ratings be himself.

    ——————

    I wish I knew Dog’s ratings lol.

    I remember Mike had him come back for a show a few years ago. He actually apologized to him on air for saying that he’d be easy to replace in an interview.

  14. Against All Odds January 23rd, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    blake January 23rd, 2014 at 3:44 pm
    Francessa annoys me too much because he knows nothing about baseball…..I get irritated listening to him

    —————-

    Mike is good when it comes to the history of the game. Detailing a particular series or game r historic season but I think there is so much to the game now that he either chooses to not keep up with it or simply just can’t.

  15. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    The brainwashing continues

    ——-

    If I’m an agent I’m constantly steering my players away from signing with Boston lol.

  16. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Is there anyone who voice doesn’t match their face as much as Chris Russo. I remember the first time I saw a picture of him and I was like…..whoa he looks nothing like I thought he’d look like.

  17. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Mike is good when it comes to the history of the game. Detailing a particular series or game r historic season but I think there is so much to the game now that he either chooses to not keep up with it or simply just can’t.”

    He’s a dinosaur….comes off like he stopped layof attention after like 1975

  18. Against All Odds January 23rd, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I wish I knew Dog’s ratings lol.

    ——————-

    His ratings at one point a yr or two ago weren’t good. They might be better now though.

    Mike apologized for saying what he said it was a good moment to see them again. Francesa still gets calls about Russo returning one day.

  19. Ted Nelson January 23rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    If anyone is interested in why I criticized Axisa to the point of getting banned from his blog, the below article is a pretty good example. His approach is to prove his theories by just ignoring all evidence that contradicts them.

    He outright stretches the truth to make things look gloomier than they are. For example: “The Yankees almost have to hope someone like Adam Warren or Vidal Nuno turns into 2009 Al Aceves.” Would it really be such a miracle for Warren to repeat his 2013? I mean every team has to hope every player does well, but Axisa makes it seem like it’s unlikely. In 2013 Adam Warren had a 3.4 ERA in 77 IP last season. In 2009 Aceves: 3.5 ERA in 84 IP. Might not repeat, but he’s perfectly capable. Axisa fails to mention Pineda–the first guy the FO mentions when asked about the 5th SP comp–as a rotation candidate (which could push Phelps into a RP role). And also fails to mention the x factor prospect who in literally the preceding article he extols as a 2013 bullpen option: Jose Ramirez. Between Ramirez and Montgomery the Yankees have a couple of top-RP prospects sitting in AAA. Guys who are worth mentioning prominently in any discussion of the Yankees 2014 pen.

    It’s not a matter of Kelley being their second best RP, it’s a matter of waiting to see who emerges from a group that includes probably a dozen qualified candidates as their best RP options.

    The BP is hardly perfect, but let’s at least look at it in a fair and unbiased way. Look at the good as well as the bad. It’s a disservice to his blog community to provide such biased information.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2014/…..aka-98854/

    End rant.

  20. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I mean, if I were Dog I also would have taken millions of dollars for no one to listen to me lol.

    Does make you wonder what the hell they were earning though.

  21. Against All Odds January 23rd, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    Mike is good when it comes to the history of the game. Detailing a particular series or game r historic season but I think there is so much to the game now that he either chooses to not keep up with it or simply just can’t.”

    He’s a dinosaur….comes off like he stopped layof attention after like 1975

    ————————-

    I’d say probably after 2001 or whatever yr there was more emphasis on numbers and the farm.

  22. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Ted – I don’t wanna miss this opportunity: I agree with you.

    If they added a BP arm I would have understood, but I do think the BP is a fluid situation they can address easily during the season.

  23. Against All Odds January 23rd, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    he constantly cuts off and berates his callers, while refusing to ever consider another person’s point of view.

    —————-

    We’ll you’re not going to like when Kay bashes callers and certain Yankee players.

  24. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Ted – Thoughts on deporting Justin Bieber: yay or nay?

  25. Tackelberry January 23rd, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Trade for Drew Storen. He can set up DRob

  26. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    @adamdberry

    Maddon confirms Balfour will be the #Rays closer, a title he rarely grants. “We’re actually going to use the C-word this year.”

    ————–

    Hmph. Rude.

  27. Irreverent Discourse January 23rd, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    “he is still getting high ratings be himself”

    AAO – The rest of that post was important :p He is still getting high ratings because he basically has zero competition in this market.

  28. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    For for deporting beebs ….but the fact that I didn’t even know he was from Canada show how much I care

  29. Ted Nelson January 23rd, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    “Ted – I don’t wanna miss this opportunity: I agree with you.

    If they added a BP arm I would have understood, but I do think the BP is a fluid situation they can address easily during the season.”

    Agree. The BP could have a lot more certainty (and could still get it via trade), but that doesn’t mean you paint a biased picture about the current situation to make it look worse than it is.

  30. Mottsx January 23rd, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Ted Nelson January 23rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    If anyone is interested in why I criticized Axisa to the point of getting banned from his blog.

    —–

    No offense… but am i the only one that is surprised that Ted has been banned from another blog?

  31. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Tackelberry says:
    January 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    Trade for Drew Storen. He can set up DRob

    What would it take

  32. Against All Odds January 23rd, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    AAO – The rest of that post was important :p He is still getting high ratings because he basically has zero competition in this market.

    —————–

    Competition or not he still gets them and that’s what matters most to his employers. It’s always about the money.

  33. Ted Nelson January 23rd, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    “Ted – Thoughts on deporting Justin Bieber: yay or nay?”

    Don’t know the situation, but wouldn’t be upset if he were deported.

  34. Irreverent Discourse January 23rd, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Ted – No offense… but it’s his blog. You being banned from it is of no consequence to anyone… especially here. No matter how justified you think you were because you disagree with him… I’m pretty sure you weren’t. It’s just a bullpen, does that warrant personal attacks? No.

    If you don’t his blog, no one is forcing you to read it. Run your own blog, don’t run your mouth in the comments section.

  35. Tackelberry January 23rd, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    Tackelberry says:
    January 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    Trade for Drew Storen. He can set up DRob

    What would it take

    ________________________

    Price shouldn’t be high. Storen coming off a rough year. Nunez and Adam Warren?

  36. Irreverent Discourse January 23rd, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    AAO – Competition is all that matters though. You can’t judge popularity without choice.

  37. Wave Your Hat January 23rd, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    macintosh-

    Good story in the last thread. Danny Boone has to be the answer to some trivia question about the Senior League.

  38. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    “Price shouldn’t be high. Storen coming off a rough year. Nunez and Adam Warren?”

    Done

  39. Against All Odds January 23rd, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Irreverent Discourse January 23rd, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    AAO – Competition is all that matters though. You can’t judge popularity without choice.

    ——————————–

    But the fans have a choice and they chose Francesa as crazy as it may seem. Even with Mike being boring in certain months they still went with him.

  40. blake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Hoyer really singing Tanakas praises on mlbradio…..sounds pretty disappointed

  41. MTU January 23rd, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Blake-

    They cut their own throat when they refused to include an opt out.

    ;)

  42. Mottsx January 23rd, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    lake January 23rd, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Hoyer really singing Tanakas praises on mlbradio…..sounds pretty disappointed

    —–

    Perhaps he should stop putting out a crappy product and stop waiting for the kids. E-Jax and the Shark arent going to win 90 games

  43. MTU January 23rd, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Not getting the warm fuzzies when I think of Kelley, Thornton, or Betances as setup Men.

    :(

  44. Chip January 23rd, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    The O’s and Rodney will come to an agreement, Angelos will freak his freak at the last minute and tell his doctors to take a Sharpie to the MRI.

    Of the guys left I would go:
    Marmol
    Bailey
    Madson
    Hanrahan

  45. Ted Nelson January 23rd, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    “Ted – No offense… but it’s his blog. You being banned from it is of no consequence to anyone… especially here. No matter how justified you think you were because you disagree with him… I’m pretty sure you weren’t. It’s just a bullpen, does that warrant personal attacks? No.”

    Where did I make any personal attack? The guy is a journalist and I attacked his writing. That is a professional attack, not a personal attack. If I say that Eduardo Nunez is a bad MLB baseball player, that doesn’t mean I am saying anything about him as a person.

    I have no doubt that I was justified in disagreeing with him, as I provided evidence to show.

  46. Chip January 23rd, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    The Nats should just give the Yankees Storen after that Clippard for Albaladejo deal.

  47. Shame Spencer January 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Okay, that’s two more PRO deportation.

    Thanks!

  48. MTU January 23rd, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Just finish the job Hal.

    You’ve done great so far.

    ;)

  49. Ted Nelson January 23rd, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    “If you don’t his blog, no one is forcing you to read it. Run your own blog, don’t run your mouth in the comments section.”

    You’re not allowed to disagree with anything on a blog?

  50. pkyankfan69 January 23rd, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Maybe a behind the scenes Papelbum deal to the Yanks is in the works?

    #Barf

  51. yankinvegas January 23rd, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    The bullpen does not worry me that much. I consider Robertson to be an elite reliever, much superior to Rodney or Balfour and at least as good as Uehara.
    Kelley is good, Thornton is an experienced lefty and I really like Phelps.
    Plus in Cabral, Ramirez, Claiborne, Montgomery, Betances (who really intrigues me) and who knows who else there are countless options to fill it out. Additionally, the bullpen is the easiest part of the team to improve during the season as most relievers are mediocre, run of the mill guys who are easily interchangeable.
    You never know who is going to be good. I mean who thought anything of Tyler Clippard when we dealt him?

  52. yankinvegas January 23rd, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Plus I think that on the arrogant egomaniac meter, Michael Kay is just a small tick below the co-leaders, Mike Francesa and Mike Lupica.
    Just a tick.

  53. macintosh January 23rd, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    wave your hat-

    danny had an interesting and odd career.

    he was a second round draft pick out of college had some mlb success for four years,but not that much and then after being out of baseball for like 6-7 years made a comeback with his knuckleball.

    he had a 3.60 era in the senior league and baltimore signed him . he then had a 2.60 era in 120 innings (11-5) with the orioles triple a team.

    check out the guys the guys on that team:
    http://www.baseball-reference......d=39c459b9
    curt shilling age 23 – 3.92 era
    mussina came up on it for a short while.
    ben mcdonald was the hot young pitcher coming up and on that team ( era 2.80 era)
    so danny was impressive in comparison. of course he was 37 and they were early twenties.

    anyway, danny’s knucklebal was amazing. he hard a hard one and a soft one. hitters had no chance against the hard one. the problem was the catchers couldn’t catch it a good portion of the time. so with men in scoring position he had to go with the soft one and that was easier to hit and catch .

    as an aside , he had a much lower era at triple a with the orioles than the senior league. the senior league really was like a 4A league. the hitters were much better than triple a. the guys there couldn’t play everyday, but on a given day they’d beat some major league teams back then, like with danny pitching :)

  54. mick January 23rd, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    NEXT

  55. Irreverent Discourse January 23rd, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Ted – Somehow I highly doubt you were banned for simply “disagreeing with him”.

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