Fernando Rodney - Orioles

As it appears more likely that Grant Balfour‘s two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles will be voided due to issues in his pre-signing physical, the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly tweets that the team is turning their attention to free agent Fernando Rodney. Control issues have always been Rodney’s biggest concern. Last season he posted a 1.335 WHIP and 4.9 BB/9.

However his numbers the past two seasons are relatively close to that of Balfour’s.

Rodney: 1.91 ERA, 141.1 IP, 201 ERA+, 1.040 WHIP, 0.3 HR/9, 3.2 BB/9, 10.1 K/9, 3.10 K/BB

Balfour: 2.56 ERA, 137.1 IP, 150 ERA+, 1.049 WHIP, 0.7 HR/9, 3.6 BB/9, 9.4 K/9, 2.62 K/BB

Could the Birds sign Rodney for less than the $15 million they planned to give Balfour? Then could they use that money they saved on some freaking starting pitching?

How many times did O’s fans bitch about watching Fernando Rodney shoot imaginary arrows into the sky while sporting a crocked hat? Too much.