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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
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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

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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

Francisco Rodriguez gave up two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth inning to blow a save and take a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

He didn't pitch well but he should have escaped without allowing a run anyway. Rodriguez walked the first batter he faced and gave up a double to the second. He intentionally walked Brad Miller to load the bases. He struck out the next batter before inducing Logan Morrison to bounce into what should have been a game-ending double play, but Jose Iglesias botched the throw and allowed two runs to score. It was Rodriguez' second blown save in seven chances. He has a 5.40 ERA with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. One of the best closers in league history, the aging veteran should still have plenty of leash before the Tigers would consider making a switch in the closer role.
Apr 20 - 12:02 AM

Francisco Rodriguez worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Indians on Sunday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his fifth save of the season.

The veteran right-hander allowed one hit and struck out one on the afternoon. He has been a stabilizing force at the back end of a troublesome bullpen in Detroit and has as much job security as any closer in the league at this point.
Apr 16 - 5:05 PM

Francisco Rodriguez was called in to do some damage control on Friday and nearly squandered a huge lead but escaped with his fourth save of the season.

The Tigers had a 7-1 lead entering the ninth inning, but rookie right-hander William Cuevas allowed four of the first five hitters to reach before K-Rod was called in to save the day. He struck out Abraham Almonte for the second out of the inning but then served up a grand slam to Lonnie Chisenhall, cutting the lead to one. Rodriguez bounced back to fan Austin Jackson to end the ballgame, earning a save for his effort.
Apr 14 - 11:20 PM

Francisco Rodriguez danced around some trouble Tuesday against the Twins to notch his third save of the season.

After entering the top of the ninth with a 2-0 lead, Rodriguez struck out Jorge Polanco to begin the frame before allowing a double to Miguel Sano and an RBI single to Jason Castro. Joe Mauer followed with a pinch-hit single, but K-Rod managed to get Eddie Rosario to fly out to left and pinch-hitter Max Kepler to pop up to third base to escape. The 35-year-old has allowed two runs on seven hits three his first 4 1/3 innings this season. He doesn’t have the stuff he once did and figures to make things interesting at times this season.
Apr 11 - 4:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Mikie Mahtook
3Andrew Romine
4Matt den Dekker
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf