“We liked Rodriguez, clearly, and it was just a deal that made sense,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We like the fact that we have some control beyond the current year. We talked about relievers on expiring contracts, but we like the fact that he’s got another two years of control beyond this year. He has experience obviously at the back end, can pitch the ninth if needed. I talked to him. He understands.
“He’ll pitch any inning. Could be sixth, seventh, whatever it is. Just another good bullpen arm with experience to add to that depth. Because as we know, there’s certain days we have we have guys down that are just not available. We want to keep them upright. So having more quality arms, and having that depth is pretty important.”