On Super Bowl Sunday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that, “There’s a feeling that a team like the Yankees may pluck Rodney, or someone of his ilk, to ensure they have another closer in case Dave Robertson breaks down or isn’t up to the task.”
With the seemingly questionable state of the Yankees bullpen, Carfardo’s sentiment makes total sense.
As of today, the bullpen consists of D-Rob, Shawn Kelley, Preston Claiborne and Matt Thornton with the remaining spots will got to prospects like Dellin Betances or Chase Whitley. This group, while not a horrific bunch, is an indecisive one that poses risk.
Shoring up a proven closer like Rodney would bring experience and added depth to the Yankees bullpen. Especially since the Yankees will not have Mariano Rivera running out to Enter Sandman in the ninth inning for the first time in almost two decades.
Rodney’s numbers from his last two seasons with the Rays make this move a no-brainer to me.
(All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)Fernando Rodney - pitching stats 2012-2013
Rodney’s 3.8 WAR in 2012 dropped to 0.5 in 2013. This was likely due to the number of walks Rodney issued jumping from 15 to 36. But his total of five homeruns over both seasons’ would bring some added comfort in the Yankees bandbox late in games.
Bottom line is if the Yankees learned anything from 2013, it would to carry out a legitimate Plan B when possible.
Remember Soriano saved the 2009 season and that was by default.
If you have an opportunity to make things better & you don’t,then you are wasting your time on earth"Roberto Clemente pic.twitter.com/wG3Zn98OOU
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