Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
3 months ago

Rodriguez inked a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League on Sunday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez was granted his release from the Phillies on March 24, and he's now set to play in an independent league. It seems unlikely that the 36-year-old will make a return to Major League Baseball after he was unable to make Philadelphia's big-league roster ahead of the 2018 season.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
4 months ago

Rodriguez was released by the Phillies on Saturday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez asked for an unconditional release after being unable to crack the Opening Day roster. During eight Grapefruit League appearances, the reliever posted a 5.40 ERA. He will look to find a new home on a minor-league deal in the coming weeks after posting an unsightly 7.82 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 25.1 innings of work with the Tigers last season.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
6 months ago

Rodriguez signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Saturday which includes an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

2017 was a rough year for Rodriguez, as he lost his ninth-inning job to Justin Wilson and posted a 7.82 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 25.1 innings with the Tigers before being released in mid-June. He linked up with the Nationals on a minor-league deal shortly after flaming out with Detroit, but he ultimately couldn't work his way back to the majors. The Phillies are taking a flyer on the once-elite receiver, though it would take a pretty big turnaround for him to return to high-leverage work in 2018.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
1 year ago

Rodriguez was released by the Nationals on Friday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez appeared in five games during his brief stint in the minors as a member of the Nationals, allowing one earned run off four hits with three walks, while striking out a pair over the course of five innings. The veteran didn't seem to be able to reign in his command, which has been the main detriment to his game this season. Washington seemingly decided that it wasn't worth it to keep K-Rod in the organization, especially with the chances of the 35-year-old making his way up to the major-league team so slim. Rodriguez could earn another look from a contender, but it's a stretch to think that he could be a viable fantasy play at any point during the rest of this season, especially if he couldn't break into the Nationals' bullpen.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
1 year ago

Rodriguez reported Tuesday to Double-A Harrisburg to begin his tenure with the Nationals organization, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The expectation was that Rodriguez, who signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals last week, would head to the team's top affiliate at Triple-A Syracuse, but an assignment to Harrisburg may not have required as much roster tinkering. The level of competition isn't as important for Rodriguez at this stage of his career as demonstrating that he can still command his pitches effectively, an area where he struggled mightily earlier this season with the Tigers. Before being released in June, Rodriguez had surrendered nine home runs and walked 11 batters over 25.1 innings. He doesn't seem to have much left in the tank at this stage of his career and looks unlikely to stabilize the late innings for the Nationals should he receive a promotion to the big club down the line.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
1 year ago

Rodriguez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

K-Rod struggled through the first half of the season, compiling a 7.82 ERA and 1.69 WHIP through 25.1 innings before being cut loose by the Tigers. He'll need to get a few appearances in the minors under his belt before he likely joins the big club. It's still unclear what role Rodriguez will have out of the Nationals' bullpen, but if he's able to pitch well initially, he could quickly work himself into some high-leverage innings given the struggles of Washington's bullpen this season.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
1 year ago

Rodriguez was let go Friday, prior to the contest against the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

The Tigers decided to cut ties with the longtime closer following a season and a half of Rodriguez's duties. Throughout the course of this season, the 35-year-old has posted a 7.82 ERA with a 23:11 K:BB over 25.1 innings of work. There is a solid chance that Rodriquez latches on with a contender looking for a spark in the bullpen, especially since he provided solid numbers during the 2016 campaign with Detroit.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
1 year ago

Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday's loss to the Angels without allowing a hit or a walk.

EDGE Analysis

The outing was nice, but it was also the first time K-Rod appeared in more than a week. He also had eight days between his last outing and the one before that. Manager Brad Ausmus previously said Rodriguez was regaining some of his trust, but it also doesn't look like the manager is in much of a rush to use the veteran reliever these days. Justin Wilson should have a fairly firm hold on the closer role, while Rodriguez doesn't appear like a fantasy option at this point.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
1 year ago

Rodriguez is regaining some of manager Brad Ausmus's trust and he could work his way back into high-leverage situations, Ryan Zuke of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez tossed scoreless innings on Friday and Sunday in Texas, and while that's a small sample size, it's better than some of his previous results. "I would like to get him back in the (late-inning) mix, probably," Ausmus said. "If he can keep having outings like this, it makes it a lot easier to have a deeper bullpen." Justin Wilson has been outstanding as Detroit's closer, so K-Rod might be hard pressed to wrestle that role back. But he could be looking at some more holds and possibly vulture some wins if he pitches later in close games.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
1 year ago

Rodriguez (1-5) was tagged with the loss in Tuesday's 13-inning game against the Orioles. He allowed two earned runs in an inning of work on two hits and a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez entered in the top of the 13th with the game tied 11-11. He promptly allowed a leadoff double to Mark Trumbo and then a home run to Chris Davis. Rodriguez really can't be trusted at this point, but the Tigers had little choice after burning through five relievers in the first 12 innings. At this point, the veteran reliever does not look close to regaining the closer role.