The 32-year-old reliever saved 37 games in 38 chances for the Tigers last season. The report, filed by FoxSports from the GM meetings in Chicago, marks the first reported Phillies free agent inquiry.
Beerleaguer: Seems like yesterday when red-hot Pete Orr rumors kicked off the post-World Series hot stove one year ago. Rodney’s peripherals aren’t strong; he finished with a 4.40 ERA and 61/41 K/BB ratio in 75 2-3 innings in his first full season as Detroit’s closer, ending the year on a down note. He was suspended three games for throwing a ball into the Tropicana Field press box on September 4 and was erratic down the stretch, saving all of his games nonetheless. In Rodney, the Phils would be hoping to land a pitcher with late-inning experience, but not necessarily an opening-day replacement for Brad Lidge. MLBTR seems to think a ballbark one-year, $6 million deal would be in order.
Interestingly, the FoxSports piece made mention of the Phillies’ budget limitations, which seems to be a running theme among the early reports from Phillies' camp. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Phils already have close to $110 million in salary commitments to the Major League team, with several players due for raises through arbitration, along with a wide-open hole at third base. Rodney is a Type B free agent and this report suggests the club would be satisfied with second-tier relief help.