Despite a makeshift bullpen that has primarily featured David Robertson, Boone Logan and Luis Ayala, Yankees relievers have pitched well enough to sport the third best bullpen ERA in the majors. But they could be looking to add a proven arm in the coming weeks, and Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez is reportedly one potential target.
Bob Klapisch of Fox Sports tweeted that a Yankee source told him that the Yankees are "marginally interested" in Rodriguez — mostly known by his nickname, K-Rod. Klapisch also tweeted that the "door is wide open" for the Mets to trade their closer.
One reason for only marginal interest from the Yankees is the potential return of reliever Rafael Soriano from the disabled list. Soriano, who has a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances this season, signed a three-year, $35 million contract with New York in the offseason.
After his record-breaking 62-save season with the Angels in 2008, Rodriguez signed a three-year, $37 million contract with the New York Mets during the following offseason. He recently stated that he wouldn't have an issue with becoming a setup man for a contending team.
The 29-year-old has 20 saves this season to go with a 3.40 ERA.