Rodriguez is attempting an MLB comeback, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The 38-year-old righty last pitched in the majors for the Tigers in 2017 and pitched in the Mexican League in 2019. While he has 437 career saves, it seems highly unlikely that he would get save chances if he were able to land a contract with a big-league club.
Rodriguez agreed to a contract with the Acereros de Monclova in Mexico, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Rodriguez will head to Mexico to play ball, though he still has the desire to return to Major League Baseball before he calls it a career. If he's able to impress in Mexico, he could draw interest from big-league teams.
Rodriguez has expressed a desire to return to Major League Baseball next season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Rodriguez spent this past year in the Atlantic League with the Long Island Ducks after pitching for the Tigers in 2017. Across 28 relief appearances with Detroit that season, he logged a disastrous 7.82 ERA and 1.66 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. The soon-to-be 37-year-old could very well have a few more strikeouts up his sleeve, but a return to a high-leverage spot in the majors seems unlikely at this point. Rodriguez was unable to earn a spot on the Phillies' Opening Day roster last year after signing a minor-league deal with the club.
Rodriguez inked a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League on Sunday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
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.
Rodriguez was released by the Phillies on Saturday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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.
Rodriguez signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Saturday which includes an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
The 2017 campaign 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.
Rodriguez was released by the Nationals on Friday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez appeared in five games during his brief stint in the minors for 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 rein 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' tattered bullpen.
Rodriguez reported Tuesday to Double-A Harrisburg to begin his tenure with the Nationals organization, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
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.
Rodriguez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
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. The veteran closer was quickly scooped up by the Nationals, who currently own the fifth-worst bullpen ERA in baseball (4.88). The 35-year-old will likely need to get a few appearances under his belt in the minors before he 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.
Rodriguez was let go Friday, prior to the contest against the Padres.
The Tigers decided to cut ties with the longtime closer following a season and a half of Rodriguez's services. 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 chance that Rodriguez latches on with a contender looking for a spark in their bullpen, especially since he provided solid numbers during the 2016 campaign with Detroit.
Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday's loss to the Angels without allowing a hit or a walk.
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, so Rodriguez doesn't appear like a fantasy option at this point.
Rodriguez is regaining some of manager Brad Ausmus's trust and could work his way back into high-leverage situations, Ryan Zuke of MLive.com reports.
Rodriguez tossed scoreless innings on Friday and Sunday in Texas, and while that's a small sample, it's better than his previous results this season. "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 some vultured wins if he pitches later in close games.
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.
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 like he will be regaining the closer role anytime soon.
In his first appearance since being removed from the closer's role, Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning in Thursday's win over the Angels.
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.
Rodriguez was relieved of his closer duties Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
As big of news as this is, it doesn't come 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.
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 in taking the defeat.
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 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, though Alex Wilson and Shane Greene may also get consideration.
Rodriguez worked around a hit and a walk with one strikeout to record his seventh save of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Indians.
Rodriguez got the first two batters he faced before allowing a double and a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. He then came through by getting Francisco Lindor to pop out to end the game, easing any tension that he may have built. Though he completed the save, Rodriguez continued an unnerving trend of frequently putting men on base this season, raising his WHIP to 1.68. He did receive a recent vote of confidence from Brad Ausmus, however, and should keep his hold on the closer's job if he continues to get the job done.
Rodriguez threw a perfect inning in a non-save situation in Sunday's win over the White Sox. He struck out two.
It's been a rough go for Rodriguez, as he entered Sunday having allowed an earned run in three straight appearances and six out of nine outings this year. He should have a pretty long leash in the closer's role, and Sunday's outing is a step in the right direction. However, fantasy owners will want to see him string together a few more good outings before they feel too comfortable.
The Tigers aren't expected to remove Rodriguez from the closer job in the near future, if they consider it at all this year, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
It may not necessarily be a strong endorsement of Rodriguez's remaining skills, but more of a realization that they don't really have an option behind him in the bullpen with which they'd feel comfortable. Manager Brad Ausmus did acknowledge that "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." The relief crew behind K-Rod would likely dictate a committee situation led by left-hander Justin Wilson, but Joe Jimenez, who many consider the future of the position for Detroit, may get a shot down the road if Rodriguez continues to throw junk.
Rodriguez (1-2) took the loss Thursday against the Mariners. He gave up two hits and a run in an inning of work.
Rodriguez came on in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied 1-1, and he struck out Nelson Cruz to start the frame. But then a Kyle Seager double and Ben Gamel single pushed across the go-ahead run. Rodriguez's ERA is up to 6.23, and he's looking like a very shaky closer option at the moment.
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