Updated May, 28th – The Oakland Athletics have officially released Fernando Rodney.
The Mets have a great youth movement going on in their clubhouse, right now. I mean, from Amed Rosario to Pete Alonso, from Noah Syndergaard to Edwin Diaz. But there’s also that veteran balance coming from players like Robinson Canó, Todd Frazier, and yes, even Jacob deGrom.
However, now an opportunity has arose itself to acquire the once elite reliever Fernando Rodney. Now, I’d never really suggest the Mets to go running for players that have just been DFA’d, however, we’re in this weird flux in baseball where there are times it actually works out for these team that took the chance on DFA’d players.
It’s not like there’s any real commitment to Rodney, anyway. If he’s just on the downward side of his career, then the Mets could do exactly what the Athletics did and just cut him.
The biggest problem I see with bringing Fernando Rodney on board right now is that the Mets bullpen has been clicking. Granted, we’re not the best in the league but the team has made tremendous strides in turning it around from the disastrous start to the season.
Rodney, now 42 years old, pitched in 17 games this season and has a 9.42 ERA, however, his 5.45 FIP is is reminiscent of his 4.52 FIP from the year prior and that may have teams knocking on the veterans door.