PHILADELPHIA– The pitcher known as “K-Rod” is getting another shot at being in a Major League bullpen.
The Philadelphia Phillies signed P Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
If Rodriguez were to make the Major League club, his deal would reportedly be worth $2.5 million.
Rodriguez, 36, was released by the Tigers after going 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA in 2017. He reportedly averaged the lowest velocity of his career.
For his career, Rodriguez has totaled 437 saves, which is good for fourth all-time.
With five teams over the span of 16 years, “K-Rod” has a career 2.86 ERA, led the league in saves three separate times, and is a five-time All-Star.
Recently, Rodriguez reportedly worked out for teams and showed renewed velocity, garnering interest from multiple clubs including the Phillies.
While the team’s closer is set with P Hector Neris, Rodriguez provides a veteran options for the late innings and could step in as closer if need be.