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Orioles have talked to Francisco Rodriguez about closing

Francisco Rodriguez

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after getting Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman to ground out to end the baseball game Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


According to several reports the Orioles have targeted Fernando Rodney as their top closer choice now that their deal with Grant Balfour has fallen apart, but they also need a fallback option to Rodney too.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun suggests that it might be Francisco Rodriguez, writing that the Orioles “recently reached out to Rodriguez’s camp to see if he’d at least be willing to consider a return with the closer situation undefined.”

Baltimore acquired Rodriguez from Milwaukee in July, but used him in a middle relief role and manager Buck Showalter rarely put him into anything resembling a high-leverage situation. He pitched well overall with a 2.70 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio in 47 innings.

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