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No Rodney, but Mets still eye reliever

Fernando Rodney, who had generated interest from the Mets, signed a two-year, $14 million deal Thursday to become closer for the Seattle Mariners.

Still, the Mets remain in the market for a late-inning reliever. The remaining free agents include Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan.

With pitchers and catchers now about a week from reporting and supply remaining, the Mets have renewed hope of landing the late-inning arm on a minor-league deal.

Team insiders were not guaranteeing one more reliever ends up coming on board, but that definitely appears their aim.

Sandy Alderson reportedly told season-ticket holders Thursday night that they would have scouts watching Hanrahan throw, although the reliever will not be ready until May. He underwent Tommy John surgery last May.