Astros: Top 5 closer candidates to take over for Roberto Osuna

Houston Astros, Roberto Osuna (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Houston Astros, Fernando Rodney
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1. Fernando Rodney

Look, I’m not all that enthused by the addition of Fernando Rodney. He’s a journeyman who, on occasion, will stumble on a conclusive season where he’s an effective closer. He’s been bounced around so much in recent years I can’t even remember the last time he had a dominant season, but I do recall his time in Tampa. He was good.

Fernando Rodney has 327 career saves. Here’s a guy who knows how to get the job done. Honestly, whatever numbers exist outside of that total pale in comparison. We need experience in this pool of youth and if Rodney can tide us over for a shortened year until we can address the bigger issue, then let’s get to it.

Honestly, it’s not like we can do much worse. We’ve tried.

Also, we signed him for a reason, right? Give him a shot. Between his experience and Strom’s expertise, there has to be the slightest possibility of finding a version Rodney that can replicate what he did with the Rays.

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And hopefully not what he did for the Angels.