Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
5 months ago

In his first appearance since being removed from the closer's role, Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning in Thursday's win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez got the ninth inning against his former team, but the Tigers were up 7-1 at that point, so it was a low-leverage appearance. Expect Detroit to continue to use Rodriguez in this way as he attempts to regain some confidence. Manager Brad Ausmus left the door open to K-Rod returning to the closer role at some point, but he'll have to string together a lot more outings like this one before that happens.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
5 months ago

Rodriguez was relieved of his closer duties Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

As big of news as this is, it doesn't as much of a surprise. Simply put, Rodriguez hasn't been good this year. He's blown 4-of-11 save opportunities (including two straight) and owns a brutal 8.49 ERA through 11.2 innings (13 appearances). Justin Wilson will take over as closer for the time being, though manager Brad Ausmus left the door open to K-Rod returning to that role should he return to form. Wilson owns a 1.32 ERA and has collected eight holds through 13.2 innings this season.

Francisco Rodríguez
RP FA
5 months ago

Rodriguez (1-4) blew a save opportunity in Sunday's loss to the Athletics. He retired just one batter, and allowed three runs (all earned) on two hits and a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez opened the ninth inning by allowing a walk and a double to instantly get in trouble. He got Khris Davis to line out, but then Ryon Healy went deep for the walk-off win. With four blown saves and a 8.49 ERA, Rodriguez may be on thin ice as Detroit's closer. The team could turn to Justin Wilson if Rodriguez gets bumped from the role.