Boston Red Sox

Dave Dombrowski and the Boston Red Sox are expanding their search for relief help before the July 31 trade deadline.

And their answer may be found in the Minnesota bullpen, as the Sox have an interest in Fernando Rodney, per ESPN.

On his fourth team in the last three seasons, the 41-year-old Rodney has converted on 18-of-23 save opportunities for the Twins this season, and has posted a 2.97 ERA through 30.1 innings pitched. The right-handed Rodney has been especially effective against lefties with the Twins, too, as they’ve hit just .149 with 17 strikeouts against him this season.

As noted by Crasnick, Dombrowski is familiar with Rodney from their time together with the Detroit Tigers. An undrafted free agent, the 5-foot-11 Rodney spent the first seven seasons of his MLB career with the Tigers.

While Rodney would come to Boston to help bridge the gap between the starter and closer Craig Kimbrel, it’s important to note that Rodney has considerable experience as a closer, with 318 saves (20th-most all time) in his career.

Rodney is on the hook for another $2 million this season and his contract comes with a team option for 2019.