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Phillies Sign K-Rod To A Minor League Detail Following His 2017 Struggles

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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).

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Clint Hurdle Retires From Managing

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Longtime manager Clint Hurdle, who was recently dismissed as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has announced his retirement from managing.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey, Hurdle, 62, may be done managing but he has spoken with organizations about front-office possibilities.

Along with the Pirates, Hurdle has managed the Colorado Rockies as well.

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Cardinals Re-Sign Adam Wainwright

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The St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed veteran right hander Adam Wainwright, according to an official team announcement.

Wainwright’s new deal is for one-year, but the value of the deal is not currently known.

Wainwright, 38, pitched to the tune of a 4.19 ERA last season.

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Nationals Interested In Josh Donaldson

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Josh Donaldson

The World Series Champion Washington Nationals are looking to improve their championship roster this offseason and have a certain slugger in mind as they gear up for the winter.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Nationals are one of six teams showing early interest in free agent Josh Donaldson.

Along with the Nationals, the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves are all interested in the veteran third baseman.

Donaldson posted a slash line of .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs last season for the Braves.

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