As trade rumors swirl, the Red Sox have been tied to a veteran closer.
The Red Sox have been rumored to be interested in Minnesota Twins’ reliever, Fernando Rodney. The appeal among fans has been fairly negative through various discussion boards / platforms; however Rodney is still performing at a good level this season.
Adding a veteran presence could be the piece that the Red Sox need at the trade deadline.
Acquiring Rodney would be a cheap rental, one that would not require Dombrowski to part with any top prospects for him. The Red Sox would likely put together a similar package to the Steve Pearce deal. In this particular acquisition, the Sox included a young prospect years away from the majors that was likely blocked at his given position. A deal of this type allows the Red Sox to establish continuity within their prospect pipeline.
Dealin’ Dave has largely gutted the farm system over the past few seasons, leaving a major acquisition as a long shot during the upcoming deadline. A move similar to the Addison Reed deal would allow the Sox to acquire a veteran presence with an established track record to end to the back end of the bullpen. Though he doesn’t flash 100 mph anymore, he flashes a two pitch mix (fastball & changeup) that is as good as any other reliever.
The veteran reliever has posted a 3.16 ERA this season and has experience within the AL East. In Boston, he obviously wouldn’t be asked to close with Craig Kimbrel anchoring down the back end in the 9th, but he would prove to be a valuable secondary option.
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The Red Sox have formed a solid combination of Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly to bridge the gap to the 9th, but Rodney would further solidify the bullpen. With Heath Hembree, Tyler Thornburg, and others, being question marks, it would be wise for Dave Dombrowski to pick up another reliever to add to the mix.