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Francisco Rodriguez | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / LAA
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Nationals released RHP Francisco Rodriguez.
It's unclear whether he exercised his opt-out or the Nats just decided to cut him loose. K-Rod posted a 1.80 ERA over five innings in the minors for Washington, but he had a 2/3 K/BB ratio. The 35-year-old was released by the Tigers last month after holding a 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances this season. Jul 14 - 12:38 PM

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Francisco Rodriguez can opt out of his minor league contract with the Nationals on July 12 if he isn't called up to the majors.

After being released by the Tigers, Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Monday. The expectation is that he'll make a few tune-up appearances in the minors before being activated, but he'll have the ability to look for an opportunity elsewhere if there's a change of plans. Rodriguez was roughed up with a 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances before the Tigers cut ties with him.
Jun 27 - 3:34 PM

Nationals signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported the Nats' pursuit of K-Rod earlier Monday and now says that the deal has been finalized. The former closer will go to the minors for now but it won't be long until he's added to the big league bullpen. Rodriguez was released by the Tigers last week after posting an ugly 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances, but Washington is willing to give him a shot given their bullpen issues.
Jun 26 - 4:33 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals are pursuing free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez and he's likely to sign with them.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that it's expected to be a minor league deal. Rodriguez was released by the Tigers last week after posting an unsightly 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances this season. It's no secret that the Nationals need bullpen help, so they are hoping to catch some lightning in a bottle here. We're not optimistic.
Jun 26 - 12:38 PM

Tigers released RHP Francisco Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was removed from the closer role in early May and hasn't been any better in a less demanding job, ultimately posting a 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances this season. The 35-year-old was pretty good for the Tigers in 2016 and shouldn't be out of a job long, but it's certainly possible that his days as an effective reliever are over.
Jun 23 - 5:03 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said late Tuesday that he'll begin using Francisco Rodriguez in "higher-leverage situations."

K-Rod vented some frustration about his prolonged stint as a mop-up man ahead of Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, and a few hours later Ausmus used him in the seventh inning of a 6-6 tie. "I’ve been saying for a week and a half now that I’d like to get him in higher-leverage situations," Ausmus told reporters after the game, an eventual 7-6 loss. "We’re a lot better team when he’s pitching in those situations successfully." Justin Wilson is still the best bet for saves in Detroit, even after yielding a go-ahead homer to David Peralta in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday.
Source: Detroit News
Jun 14 - 9:10 AM

Francisco Rodriguez gave up two runs in the seventh inning Monday to take a blown save against the Royals.

Eric Hosmer hit a game-tying homer off him. Rodriguez did end up with the win after the Tigers came through in the top of the eighth tonight. Still, he didn't help his cause. Justin Wilson ended up notching his fourth save with a hitless ninth.
May 30 - 12:21 AM

Francisco Rodriguez has been demoted from the Tigers' closer role.

Justin Wilson will be the primary saves man for Detroit while K-Rod works through some early-season struggles. Rodriguez has a brutal 8.49 ERA and 2.06 WHIP in 13 appearances this year and he blew two save opportunities over the weekend in Oakland. Wilson is an obvious must-add in all standard fantasy leagues.
May 9 - 6:52 PM

Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus said after Sunday's game that the coaching staff will discuss the closer situation on Monday.

Francisco Rodriguez has blown saves on consecutive days against the Athletics and has now blown four saves in 12 attempts on the season. Justin Wilson is the best reliever in the bullpen, but is probably more valuable being used in the highest leverage situations, whether that's in the ninth inning or not. The problem, if the Tigers demote K-Rod, is that they can't turn around and trust him in a setup role.
May 7 - 8:50 PM

Francisco Rodriguez blew the save with three ninth-inning runs allowed in Sunday's loss to the A's.

Rodriguez came on in the ninth inning looking to hold a slim 6-5 lead. That plan went awry, though, as K-Rod walked Rajai Davis to lead off the frame, then proceeded to surrender an RBI double to Jed Lowrie, a hard lineout to Khris Davis and a walk-off two-run home run to Ryon Healy. This was Rodriguez's second consecutive blown save. He ultimately surrendered five runs in the final two games of the weekend set and now owns an unsightly 8.49 ERA in 13 appearances. It would not surprise if he receives a few days off during the coming week as the Tigers try to get him back on the right track.
May 7 - 8:27 PM

Francisco Rodriguez yielded two runs, two hits and a walk while retiring just two batters in a blown save Saturday in Oakland.

K-Rod's ERA mushroomed to 6.35 as he took his third loss of the season on a third blown save. The 15-year veteran is just getting the job done, allowing at least one earned run in four of his previous six appearances and six of the past nine outings. The good news is that his velocity has been where it should be and there is no one waiting in the wings to replace him if he continues to falter. However, he isn't a terribly attractive fantasy option at the moment.
May 7 - 3:39 AM

Francisco Rodriguez turned in a scoreless ninth for his seventh save Tuesday against the Indians.

Rodriguez did allow a double and a walk. He's pitched scoreless innings in consecutive appearances for the first time this season, but he doesn't seem out of the woods just yet.
May 3 - 12:03 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press writes that the possibility of the Tigers making a closer change "does not appear to be in the near future, if at all."

Francisco Rodriguez holds a 6.23 ERA on the season and has blown two saves, while setup man Justin Wilson has thrown 9 2/3 scoreless innings with a 15/3 K/BB ratio. K-Rod is 35 and has seen his fastball velocity dip into the upper 80s, but he did save 44 games last season and manager Brad Ausmus appears likely to stick with him for a while longer. "I think people have short memories," Ausmus said. "This guy did a pretty good job for us last year. Early on, people were worried because the velocity was down. Well, the velocity is back. But at some point, he does have to pitch the way he pitched last year, because he did an outstanding job for us last year and in a city that has been looking for a closer that was consistent for a long time, he was that."
Apr 28 - 1:03 PM

Francisco Rodriguez took his second loss after giving up a run in a tie game Thursday against the Mariners.

Rodriguez has given up a run in six of his nine appearances to date, but he's still 6-for-7 in save chances. It helps that he's never allowed more than one earned run (though he did give up an unearned run in his one blown save against the Rays on Apr. 19). There's no one to replace Rodriguez in the closer's role, so he's safe until he starts blowing saves.
Apr 27 - 5:49 PM

Francisco Rodriguez gave up a run in the ninth inning but still managed to lock down the save against the Twins on Saturday.

He surrendered a solo home run to pinch-hitting catcher Jason Castro and gave up a single to Brian Dozier before striking out Joe Mauer for the final out of the game. Rodriguez has been shaky this season as evidenced by his 5.87 ERA but does have six saves in eight chances. He is no longer a relief ace but he should have a long leash in the closer role regardless.
Apr 22 - 8:40 PM

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