Why not make a push for K-Rod?

MIAMI — With James Shields likely heading to the Padres, are there any potential upgrades available on the market? The answer is yes.

Francisco Rodriguez is a free agent who could be a nice final piece to an already incredible offseason for the Marlins. If Miami can’t get that final boost to its rotation, then go for a reliever with a proven track record.

K-Rod, 33, had 44 saves with the Brewers last season. He would add another quality arm to the back of the ‘pen. While Steve Cishek is the closer, Rodriguez is a nice fallback option.

The Marlins actually came into $1 million when they won their arbitration hearing with Mat Latos.

Latos filed for $10.4 million, and Miami countered at $9.4 million. The ruling went in favor of the club.

Make no mistake, the Marlins were aggressive throughout in trying to sign Shields. They were hopeful to land the 33-year-old starter, who appears to have a better offer on the table from San Diego.

Barring something unforeseen, Shields will be headed out West instead of South Florida.

So that means the rotation shapes up as Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos, Jarred Cossart, Dan Haren, and either Tom Koehler, Brad Hand or David Phelps.

It’s a strong unit. And one or two of those options may wind up in the ‘pen.

But if the Marlins want even more depth, K-Rod is a viable alternative.

Joe Frisaro


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Yanks should make a move for James Shields and K-Rod to solidify their pitching staff and to protect against any injuries, especially with the starting rotation. They should have enough financial resources to make a strong enough offer to sign Yoan Moncada, who is considered a future star.

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The Marlins saved more than the figure you mentioned. With the Dodgers and Yankees picking up $15.5 million on Gordon, Haren, and Prado, we absolutely have the payroll to sign K-Rod, and though I actually like our bullpen as it currently stands, K-Rod would be a great fit for us. Not only does he get lefties out, which is an issue for us, but he obviously can close games if things dont work with Cishek or he needs a day off. Also, it will be a help towards not over working our other late inning arms, like it seemed like at points last season. His HR problems shouldnt be an issue in Marlins Park

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with all the talk of clubhouse chemistry and “type” of player the marlins are adding to the roster i dont know if rodriguez fits that mold. He seems to me like a clubhouse problem child, and that doesnt fit with team player. what do you think,

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