The Philadelphia Phillies are taking a chance on Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez.
After getting released by the Detroit Tigers on June 23 this past year- and again by the Washington Nationals on July 14 following a brief experiment in the minors- the Phillies have taken a chance on the veteran closer, signing Rodriguez to a Minor League deal which became official on Saturday.
Rodriguez posted a 7.82 ERA in 28 games for the Tigers in 2017, going 2-5 with six blown saves in 13 chances (was 126 for 138 the previous three seasons).
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Rodriguez is guaranteed $2.5 million in 2018 if he makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, with an additional $1.25 million in incentives.
Rodriguez, who turned 36 earlier this month, has pitched for five teams in 16 Major League seasons since his debut in 2002 for the Los Angeles Angels with whom he spent the first seven years of his career.
Having appeared in 946 career games- all in relief- Rodriguez currently leads all active pitchers in that category, in addition to his 437 saves (513 chances).
Overall, Rodriguez owns a career record of 52-53 to go along with a 2.86 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .207 BAA, and 1,142 strikeouts in 976 innings (10.53 per nine).