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.
The #RedSox are cutting a wide swath in search of bullpen depth. One name on their list: Fernando Rodney, who is familiar to GM Dave Dombrowski from their time together with #Tigers. Rodney, 41, has 18 saves and a 2.97 ERA for #Twins this season. File it under "worth a look.''— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 7, 2018
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.