It was recently announced that six-time all-star reliever Francisco Rodriguez, also known as K-Rod, agreed to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He will also participate in major league spring training.
The 35-year-old pitcher will receive a $2.5 million base salary if added to the 40-man roster and has a chance to make $1.25 million in incentives.
Last year, Rodriguez started off as the Detroit Tigers’ closer but quickly lost the role at the beginning of the season. Throughout his 25-inning appearances, he struck out 23 batters while issuing 11 walks and finished the year 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA and a 1.658 WHiP.
After his release from the Tigers, he signed with the Washington Nationals, but was released in June after subpar minor-league outings. The Phillies are his sixth team move in 17 seasons.
Rodriguez ranks fourth on the career list with 437 saves and set the single-season record of 62 for the Los Angeles Angels in 2008. He has a 2.86 career ERA in 948 games with 1,142 strikeouts in 976 innings.
Even though the Phillies did not end 2017 with a winning season, the bullpen was one of its strengths, coming in at 14th in the league, and the addition of Rodriguez looks to be optimistic.