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Francisco Rodriguez | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers acquired RHP Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for INF Javier Betancourt and a player to be named later.
And just like that, the Tigers have found their closer. Rodriguez is still going strong despite an average fastball velocity around 90 mph, posting a 2.21 ERA and 62/11 K/BB ratio over 57 innings this past season. The Tigers are picking up the tab on his remaining contract, which includes a $7.5 million salary (with $2 million deferred until 2018) for 2016 and a $6 million club option (or a $2 million buyout) for 2017. K-Rod, who will be 34 next season, currently ranks seventh on the all-time list with 386 saves. Wed, Nov 18, 2015 12:16:00 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers.

This confirms a report from Augusto Cárdenas, who hears that prospect infielder Javier Betancourt will head to Milwaukee in the deal. The Tigers have been searching for a closer in both the free agent and trade markets, but the price tag for K-Rod wasn't nearly as high as what it would have taken to land someone like Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. Rodriguez turns 34 in January and posted a 2.21 ERA and 62/11 K/BB ratio over 57 innings this past season while going 38-for-40 in save chances. He's under contract for $7.5 million in 2016, with a $2 million buyout on a $6 million club option for 2017. As for the Brewers, they could turn to internal options like Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel, and Will Smith to fill the void at closer.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 11:44:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez slammed the door on the Padres for his 38th save in Tuesday's 4-3 victory.

Rodriguez got Derek Norris to line out, Brett Wallace to strike out, and Travis Jankowski to fly out to end the game. The veteran closer is near the end of the season having gone 38-for-40 in save chances with a 2.25 ERA and a 60/11 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 01:23:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals for his 36th save of the season.

He allowed a leadoff single to Greg Garcia before pinch-hitter Jon Jay moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. However, K-Rod bounced back by striking out Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter swinging to end it. This has been a miserable year for the Brewers, but Rodriguez has been a bright spot at the end of games, posting a 2.30 ERA and 59/11 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 12:17:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, earning his 35th save as the Brewers defeated the Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday.

Rodriguez struck out Kyle Schwarber, got Kris Bryant to ground out, and induced a foul out from Anthony Rizzo to end the game. The veteran is 35-for-37 in save situations on the year with a 2.35 ERA and a 57/11 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Rodriguez now has seven 35-plus save seasons in his 14-year career.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 10:53:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez blew just his second save of the year after giving up a solo homer to Gregory Polanco in the 12th inning Thursday.

The Brewers went on to win in 13 anyway, giving K-Rod his first victory of the season and Kyle Lohse an unexpected second career save. Rodriguez is now 34-for-36 converting save chances this year.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 12:10:00 AM's Peter Gammons reports that the Brewers have placed Francisco Rodriguez on revocable waivers.

Gammons notes that the waivers will expire on Friday, so he must have been placed on them a couple days ago. There will surely be interest in K-Rod, who has a very reasonable contract and is having a great season. Whether the Brewers will be able to work out a deal remains to be seen.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 09:24:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez notched his 30th save of the season in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Marlins, though he did allow a run in the ninth inning.

The Brewers handed Rodriguez an 8-6 lead in the ninth, but the veteran closer made things more difficult than necessary, allowing a solo home run to Marcell Ozuna with two outs to draw the road team to within a run. They would not score said run, though, and Rodriguez picked up the save despite his difficulties. He remains perfect in save chances, having gone 30-for-30 while pitching to a 2.06 ERA and 49/9 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. He's allowed four runs in his last five appearances, but there's no reason to believe that an implosion is around the corner.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 05:47:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 27th save in Friday's 3-1 win over the Phillies, despite allowing a run.

Rodriguez entered with the Brew Crew holding a 3-0 lead. He decided to start playing with fire immediately, serving up a deep double to Cody Asche. A strikeout and a lineout would bring up Chase Utley, who singled Asche home. Rodriguez then retired Cesar Hernandez with another lineout. Not the most impressive performance, but it ultimately got the job done. For the season, Rodriguez is a perfect 27-for-27 in save chances with a 1.96 ERA and 47/9 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings. He's allowed three runs in his last two innings.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 01:31:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth inning against the Padres on Tuesday to earn his 24th save of the season.

Rodriguez stayed put at the trade deadline, and he was called on Tuesday for his first save chance since the deadline passed. He had no problem closing out the Padres, striking out one in the perfect inning. The right-hander now has a 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 43/9 K/BB ratio over 38 innings this year.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 01:24:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 23rd save with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Giants.

Rodriguez allowed a harmless two-out single to Brandon Belt before getting Brandon Crawford to strike out to end the game. The right-hander is perfect in 23 save chances with a 1.50 ERA and a 40/9 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. Rodriguez is one of many Brewers who could be moved to a new location by the trade deadline on Friday.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 01:01:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez tallied his 19th save of the season Wednesday in the Brewers' defeat of the Braves.

He gave up a leadoff infield single to Pedro Ciriaco, but Ciriaco was then cut down on a stolen base attempt. K-Rod is now 19-for-19 in save opportunities this season with a 1.41 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 32 innings.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez saw his way out of trouble to pick up his 17th save as the Brewers wrapped up a 4-3 victory against the Phillies on Tuesday.

Rodriguez walked Ben Revere to start the inning, then saw Cesar Hernandez reach base when Jonathan Lucroy made a poor throw to second base following a bunt. With two on and nobody out, Rodriguez struck out Maikel Franco, got Andres Blanco to weakly fly out, and struck out Jeff Francoeur to end the game. His record remains unblemished, earning the save in all 17 chances with a 1.50 ERA and a 36/9 K/BB ratio in 30 innings.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 12:02:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez kept the Phillies off the board in the ninth inning to pick up his 16th save as the Brewers won 7-4 on Monday.

Rodriguez got consecutive ground outs from Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp, but Freddy Galvis kept hope alive with a single. "K-Rod" then struck out Darin Ruf to end the game. Contending teams are surely noting the fact that the right-hander has converted all 16 save opportunities thus far with a 1.55 ERA and a 34/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 10:57:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez kept the Mets off the board in the ninth inning, grabbing his 15th save as the Brewers won 4-1 on Wednesday.

Rodriguez got back-to-back ground outs from Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson before Ruben Tejada kept the Mets' hopes alive with a double. However, Rodriguez rebounded to strike out Lucas Duda to end the game. He has yet to blow a save in 15 opportunities and now has an even 1.00 ERA with a 32/7 K/BB ratio over 27 innings. Fantasy owners are hoping the Brewers are able to move him to a contender to boost the frequency of his save chances.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 10:54:00 PM