Apparently, the Seattle Mariners are determined to make at least one more signing during the 2013 Winter Meetings. The Mariners have reportedly shown interest in closer Fernando Rodney. Even though the 36-year-old is a phenomenal reliever, Seattle would be better off staying away from him.
“Sources: Mariners interested in free agent reliever Fernando Rodney. He has a good relationship with Lloyd McClendon from time in DET,” Fox Sports baseball writer Jon Morosi tweeted.
The biggest reason the Mariners shouldn’t bother with Rodney is because there really is no need for another relief pitcher. In fact, one could make the case that the bullpen is one of the stronger areas on the team. For that reason, Seattle would be better off using their resources elsewhere.
Granted, the bullpen’s 4.58 earned run average from last season is nothing to be excited about. With that being said, there are definitely areas where the bullpen did excel. For starters, the Mariners relievers ranked first in the American League in strikeouts (535), while they tossed the fifth most innings (505).
Rodney’s numbers did drop off from his 2012 performance. However, that’s understandable considering he posted the single season record for earned run average (0.60) by a relief pitcher in MLB history that year. He still managed to record a 3.38 ERA, a career-high 82 strikeouts and 37 saves in 68 appearances in 2013.
It will all come down to how much money he wants over how many years. If Seattle is able to get away with a rather cheap contract for the veteran, then there really is no reason why they shouldn’t pull the trigger. However, as I said before, the Mariners should concentrate their resources elsewhere.