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Francisco Rodriguez | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / LAA
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Francisco Rodriguez slammed the door on the Twins on Saturday, working a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a three-run advantage.
He allowed a two-out single to Eduardo Escobar, but nothing further came from it. Rodriguez owns a troublesome 5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 7/4 K/BB ratio through 8 2/3 innings on the year, but he has made good on six of his first seven save chances. Apr 30 - 5:06 PM

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Francisco Rodriguez notched a one-out save Thursday against the Athletics.

The Tigers were up by five runs to begin the ninth inning, but Blaine Hardy ran into trouble by giving up three hits, including an RBI single. K-Rod entered with two on and two out and got Stephen Vogt to fly out to lock down the victory. The 34-year-old has converted each of his last five save chances since his disastrous season debut, though questions remain about his ability to remain a valuable closer as his velocity continues to decline.
Apr 28 - 8:19 PM

Tigers activated RHP Francisco Rodriguez from the family medical emergency list.

K-Rod will return to the Tigers' bullpen on Wednesday after missing three games for a private family issue. The veteran closer has been roughed up a couple times this season, but he does have four saves.
Apr 27 - 3:30 PM

Tigers placed RHP Francisco Rodriguez on the family medical emergency list.

It's unclear at this point how long he might be away from the club. Mark Lowe or Justin Wilson could be in line for saves should an opportunity present itself.
Apr 24 - 9:48 AM

Francisco Rodriguez survived giving up two solo homers and picked up his fourth save Wednesday against the Royals.

Fortunately, he was working with a 3-0 lead in the ninth. He also walked two batters after the homer, yet manager Brad Ausmus stuck with him and he was able to strike out Mike Moustakas to end the game. Rodriguez has a 7.11 ERA and a 3/4 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings, but since he has converted four of his five save chances, his job remains fairly safe at the moment. He might, however, get Thursday off after throwing 29 pitches tonight, creating a save chance for Mark Lowe or Justin Wilson.
Apr 21 - 12:41 AM

Francisco Rodriguez had a meltdown in his first save chance with the Tigers, yielding three runs on four hits.

K-Rod entered the game into about as cushy of a situation as it gets, as he had a three-run lead to work with and was facing the 5-6-7 hitters in the Marlins' lineup. It quickly spun out of control, as he allowed a single and a double to two of the first three hitters and eventually back-to-back, two-out doubles to cough up the lead. Worth noting is that setup man Mark Lowe also gave up a run in his inning of work. K-Rod should have some leash to work with, but he's 34 and there's no telling when it might go for him.
Apr 5 - 11:48 PM

Francisco Rodriguez made his spring debut with a perfect fifth inning Tuesday against the Braves.

K-Rod was a little late to arrive in Tigers camp because of visa issues, and he's also dealt with a minor finger problem. Still, he has more than enough time to get ready for Opening Day.
Mar 15 - 4:30 PM

Francisco Rodriguez (finger) is still on track to pitch Tuesday.

K-Rod showed up to Tigers' camp Monday with a swollen ring finger in his pitching hand, but it's not a major concern. The veteran closer was acquired from the Brewers during the winter after posting a 2.21 ERA with 38 saves last season.
Mar 14 - 5:02 PM

Francisco Rodriguez will throw his second live batting practice session on Wednesday.

Rodriguez is steadily working himself into the spring training groove, having thrown two bullpen sessions and one live batting practice session to this point. The veteran is expected to close for the Tigers in 2016. He indicated that he'll likely need five or six game appearances this spring before he's ready for Opening Day. Last season, he went 38-of-40 in save chances with the Brewers while holding down a strong 2.21 ERA and 61/11 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
Mar 8 - 1:28 PM

Francisco Rodriguez arrived at Tigers camp in Lakeland, Florida on Thursday morning.

K-Rod encountered a slight delay while trying to secure a work visa in his native Venezuela, but the veteran closer is ready to rock now and should have no trouble catching up with the other relievers in Tigers camp. He probably wasn't planning on doing much early work in camp anyway. Rodriguez, 34, registered a 2.21 ERA and 61/11 K/BB ratio in 57 innings last season for the Brewers while nailing down 38 saves in 40 opportunities. Detroit acquired him this winter for a couple of prospects.
Feb 25 - 8:57 AM

Francisco Rodriguez is expected to arrive in Tigers' camp on Thursday.

K-Rod was delayed due to a visa issue in his native Venezuela, but it has been resolved. The 34-year-old is set to serve as Detroit's closer in 2016 after being acquired from the Brewers over the winter. He's coming of a 2.21 ERA and 61/11 K/BB ratio over 57 innings while going 38-for-40 in save chances.
Feb 24 - 10:55 AM

Francisco Rodriguez is still waiting for approval of a work visa in his native Venezuela.

Tigers pitchers and catchers were due in camp Thursday morning, but the club says this is nothing to worry about. K-Rod is expected to report sometime this weekend, or early next week at the latest. He was acquired from the Brewers in November for two prospects and will work as Detroit's primary closer in 2016. The 34-year-old right-hander registered a sharp 2.21 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 62/11 K/BB ratio in 57 innings last season for Milwaukee while locking down 38 saves.
Feb 18 - 10:34 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
6Michael Fulmer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Blaine Hardy
6Drew VerHagen
7Kyle Ryan
8Angel Nesbitt