Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "there's a feeling" the Yankees "may pluck (Fernando) Rodney, or someone of his ilk."

The idea would be to provide some protection for David Robertson in case he "breaks down or isn't up to the task." It's not a surprise, as the Yanks were connected to Joaquin Benoit earlier this winter before he eventually signed with the Padres. Rodney is also drawing interest from the Mariners, Orioles and Mets.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Orioles and Mets are "still in" on Fernando Rodney.

However, he adds that "it'll be a while" until Rodney signs. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier Tuesday that the Mariners are also showing interest in Rodney. The former Ray posted a 3.38 ERA and 82/36 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings last season.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the Mariners are interested in free agent Fernando Rodney.

The Mets and Orioles are also thought to have serious interest. Rodney, 36, posted a cool 3.38 ERA and 82/36 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings last season as the Rays' closer, averaging a career-high 96.5 mph on his fastball. He would likely unseat Danny Farquhar as the closer in Seattle if the M's win the bidding.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Mariners were involved in the bidding for Fernando Rodney during the winter meetings, and could still be in play for the free agent reliever.

The Indians were also in the mix at the time, but have since inked John Axford to be their stopper. The Orioles have been linked to Rodney as well and have an opening in the ninth inning, while the Mets reportedly kicked the tires as well to see if his price has come down yet. Should the M's get in the bidding, he would represent an upgrade over incumbant Danny Farquhar.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have "reached out to many relievers, including (Fernando) Rodney," to see "if prices have fallen way down."

One executive said of the Mets' inquires that he "wouldn't classify as anything hot" at the moment. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com was the first to report that the Mets have had talks with Rodney's representatives, but it sounds like they're just checking in and certainly nothing is close at the moment.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson "has been in dialogue" with Fernando Rodney's representatives.

Rubin says the talks "are believed to be about the closer's role." Bobby Parnell's recovery from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck is going well, but the Mets pursued Grant Balfour and are now looking at Rodney, so clearly they're still uneasy about their ninth inning situation. Rodney held a 3.38 ERA and a career-high 28 percent strikeout rate in 2013.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles haven't had any dialogue with Fernando Rodney's agents in weeks.

Jonah Keri of Grantland.com reported Thursday afternoon that the Orioles and Rodney were moving closer to an agreement, but both Connolly and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal are hearing otherwise. Still, Rodney is the best closer left on the market and the Orioles are unsettled in that area, so we wouldn't rule out something happening.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 3 Months

Jonah Keri of Grantland.com reported that the Orioles are moving closer to reaching a contract agreement with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

"O's expected to make 1 other significant move as well," Keri added cryptically. Now that Baltimore's former top target, Grant Balfour, has taken Rodney's old closing job in Tampa Bay, an obvious marriage seems likely to consummate shortly. Baltimore seeks to patch the ninth-inning hole created when the club dealt Jim Johnson to the A's, who wanted to replace Balfour and thus began the closer's musical chairs scramble that is nearing song's end.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 4 Months

Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey "wouldn't be surprised" if Fernando Rodney returned to the team, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

Of course, Hickey isn't general manager Andrew Friedman, so what would and wouldn't surprise him doesn't carry a ton of weight. But it does speak to Rodney's situation, as the right-hander is one of the few closers who hasn't found a landing spot as of yet. The Rays are also one of the few teams still in search of a closer, so a reunion between the two sides isn't a far-fetched scenario.

Fernando Rodney RP SEA 4 Months

The Orioles are aggressively trying to land Fernando Rodney, a source tells Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

In the wake of their deal with Grant Balfour going sour, the O's seem intent on getting their closer situation shored up quickly. Rodney is one of the last remaining closers on the market and, depending on how teams view Balfour, could wind up with multiple suitors bidding for his services. The Yankees, Mariners and Rays have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the 36-year-old.