Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
6 days ago

Rodriguez intends on signing a new contract after his current deal ends at the end of the season, The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez, who turned 35 last month, is the active saves leader with 430, and he led Detroit with 44 last season. He's still pitching well, and it appears he wants to continue beyond this season, whether with the Tigers or another team.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
6 days ago

Rodriguez reported to spring training on Thursday after being delayed by visa issues, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez had a minor hiccup getting out of Venezuela and into Florida, but he's ready to roll now. He should resume his role as the Tigers' primary closer after he compiled 44 saves for Detroit last season.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
7 days ago

Rodriguez is not present at spring training yet due to visa issues, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This issue seems to be fairly minor, as the Tigers have also reported that K-Rod is already en route to Florida. Either way, this hiccup should not impact Rodriguez's standing as the primary closer in the Tigers bullpen after he compiled 44 saves for Detroit last season.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
4 months ago

Rodriguez's contract option for 2017 picked up by the Tigers on Thursday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez showed a few signs of his age in 2016, but still posted numbers solid enough to earn him another year of closing duties for the Tigers after converting 44 of the 49 save opportunities last season. Rodriguez's non-reliance on the fastball is a key to continued success late in his career and there's little to suggest he shouldn't serve as an adequate closing option again next season, though his strikeout totals dipped a bit.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
5 months ago

Rodriguez (3-4) uncharacteristically fell apart in the ninth inning Saturday against the Royals, giving up five earned runs on four hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. He also recorded a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer blew his fifth save of the season by giving up five runs on a two-RBI double to Paulo Orlando and a go-ahead three-run homer to Eric Hosmer. Rodriguez had posted five straight scoreless outings and converted seven consecutive save opportunities before Saturday's outing. He's now 44-for-49 in save chances on the season.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
5 months ago

Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout for save No. 44 in Thursday's win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

K-Rod's fantasy owners have enjoyed a pile of saves this year, as he's still done a bang-up job as Detroit's closer despite not really living up to his nickname anymore. Indeed, his whiffs are down and his walks are up on the whole, and yet Rodriguez has been as effective as ever. He's also being used extremely efficiently by manager Brad Ausmus, almost never getting wasted on low-leverage situations -- the 34-year-old has recorded a win, loss or save in 30 straight appearances dating back to late June.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
5 months ago

Rodriguez made things interesting by walking two to put the tying run on base Monday, but nailed down his 41st save in the end.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez has saved 41 of 45 chances on the year, and now has 427 career saves, fourth most all-time. He has found success in 2016 by throwing his change-up a lot more, throwing it a whopping 43% of the time. It's no surprise either, as his average fastball velocity has dipped below 90 mph for the first time in his career. Such adaptation has allowed Rodriguez to maintain an impressive 2.70 ERA in his age-34 season.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
5 months ago

Rodriguez notched his 40th save in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Orioles, firing a perfect ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer disposed of the Orioles in 15 pitches to nail down the one-run victory. Rodriguez has posted scoreless appearances in nine of his last 10 trips to the mound and has now hit the 40-save mark for the second time in the last three seasons.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
6 months ago

Rodriguez gave up a run but struck out two in the 11th to lock down his 39th save Monday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

It was nearly 30 pitches of terror for Rodriguez, who had been warmed up multiple times in the extra-innings affair, but he managed to strike out Tyler Saladino to polish things off. Rodriguez is now just one away from his sixth 40-save season, his second in the past three years.

Francisco Rodriguez
RP DET
6 months ago

Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning on one hit to record his 38th save of the year Sunday against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

After blowing his fourth save of the season Friday, Rodriguez rebounded nicely to earn his 38th save in 42 chances on the season while posting a 2.68 ERA. The 34-year-old is showing few signs of slowing down, as he's saved at least 38 games in each of the last three seasons.