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Francisco Rodriguez | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Francisco Rodriguez reported to Tigers camp Thursday morning.
K-Rod was a couple days late due to a visa issue. No big deal. The veteran right-hander will open the 2017 season as the Tigers' closer unless something goes horribly wrong over the next handful of weeks. Feb 16 - 8:18 AM

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Francisco Rodriguez will be late in reporting to Tigers camp due to a visa issue.

It will mark the fourth year in a row that K-Rod gets a late start to spring training because of a visa problem. The good news is his absence shouldn't last too long, and the veteran reliever won't need a ton of reps to get up to speed.
Feb 13 - 5:41 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that Francisco Rodriguez is "available for the right price."

The Tigers want to contend in 2017 but also want to slash payroll, and K-Rod is one of the pieces they'll consider moving. The veteran closer is coming off a fine season that saw him put up a 3.24 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings while recording 34 saves. He'll make $6 million in 2017.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:07:00 AM

Tigers exercised their $6 million club option on Francisco Rodriguez for 2017.

K-Rod's deal included a $2 million buyout, so it was a relatively easy call to pick up the option. They could always keep him as their closer for another season, but there has been talk about a rebuild in Detroit. Picking up the option doesn't necessarily rule out a potential trade later on. The 34-year-old went 34-for-39 in save chances this season while posting a 3.24 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 06:59:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez imploded in the ninth inning on Saturday, surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning in a heart-breaking loss to the Royals.

K-Rod had a two-run lead and the Royals down to their final strike until all hell broke loose. Paulo Orlando delivered a two-run double to tie the game at 4-4 and then Eric Hosmer dealt the finishing blow with a towering three-run homer to right field. Rodriguez has been excellent at the back end of the Tigers bullpen this season, but this one is especially painful given their tenuous hold on the final wild card spot in the American League.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday, earning his 44th save in the process.

Rodriguez trotted out for the ninth inning with the Tigers holding a 4-2 lead. He would keep it that way, striking out one while throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes. The veteran closer is 44-of-48 in save opportunities this season and has pitched to a 2.54 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:34:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a clean ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and earn an easy save versus the Twins on Wednesday.

It was his 42nd save of the season and 428th of his career. He struggled badly in the first few weeks of the season but has rebounded very nicely. He rocks a 2.65 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. His strikeout rate is down this year but he knows how to get the job done day in and day out.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 12:48:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez pitched around a pair of walks Monday versus the Twins to notch his 41st save of the season.

On to protect a two-run advantage, K-Rod walked Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier with two outs to bring the winning run to the plate. However, he got Robbie Grossman to ground out to end it. K-Rod has given up just one run over his last 11 appearances.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:37:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run but hung on to record his 39th save of the season in Monday's win over the White Sox.

He made Tigers fans sweat a bit as he tried to protect a three-run lead, yielding a two-out RBI single to Avisail Garcia to bring the tying run to the plate. However, K-Rod was able to get Tyler Saladino looking to end it. He's obviously a completely different pitcher than he used to be, but K-Rod is still effective.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:28:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez notched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his 37th save of the season in Monday's win over the White Sox.

Rodriguez was protecting a precious one-run lead but faced little resistance from the Pale Hose, getting a groundout, lineout and flyout on just nine pitches. K-Rod has five straight scoreless appearances after a rough little stretch at the beginning of August.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 11:11:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez notched his 35th save with a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Twins.

It was Rodriguez's 421st career save. He'll move into fourth place on the all-time list within the next week or two, overtaking Billy Wagner (422) and John Franco (424).
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez gave up a base hit but no runs in the ninth inning to close the door on the Rangers on Saturday.

The save was his 33rd of the season. He blew a couple save chances recently but didn't have much difficulty today. He has a 3.16 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. He ranks sixth all-time with 418 saves and shows no signs of slowing down.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 11:57:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez failed to close out Tuesday's 6-5, 15-inning loss to the Mariners, blowing his third save of the season by allowing two runs.

This one has to sting a little for the Tigers. They held a 4-1 lead heading into the eighth inning and blew that. Then, Victor Martinez clocked a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 15th to push his squad ahead 5-4. They blew that lead, too, courtesy of K-Rod. After inducing a Shawn O'Malley grounder to record the first out in the bottom of the frame, the veteran closer walked Nelson Cruz. That began his collapse. He would proceed to cough up back-to-back singles to Adam Lind and Kyle Seager, the latter of which tied the game at 5-5. A Justin Upton fielding error allowed both runners to move up, but they only needed Lind to score and he would do that when Rodriguez allowed a sacrifice fly to Mike Zunino. Ballgame. K-Rod has surrendered at least one run in three of his last four appearances. The recent tough stretch has nudged his ERA from 2.56 to 3.24. He has converted 32-of-35 save chances for the season as a whole.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 03:33:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez was unable to hold a 1-1 tie in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Mets, surrendering two runs in the ninth inning.

This wasn't a blown save for Rodriguez, but he took the loss nonetheless. The veteran closer entered in the ninth with the score knotted at 1-1 and immediately proceeded to plunk Alejandro De Aza. Neil Walker made him pay for that with a two-run home run. For the season, K-Rod has notched 32 saves in 34 chances while pitching to a 3.07 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 38/13 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. Rodriguez has pitched on three consecutive days and four of the last five, so the Tigers figure to try to give him a breather during their upcoming road series against the Mariners.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 32nd save against the Mets on Saturday with a little help from his friends, allowing three hits but no runs in a scoreless ninth inning.

Protecting a one-run lead, K-Rod got two quick outs before singles by Jay Bruce and Alejandro De Aza made things interesting. Things got a lot more interesting when Travis d'Arnaud punched a single through the right side, setting up a play at the plate. Right fielder J.D. Martinez got the better of baserunner Jay Bruce, gunning him down to end the scoring chance and the game. K-Rod's 32 saves are second-most in the American League, and he's now got a 2.66 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 40 2/3 innings of work.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 11:36:00 PM

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