The Washington Nationals brought in a veteran reinforcement for their struggling bullpen right before the recent All-Star break. However, such a relationship will never really come into fruition in the end.
A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that the Nationals have released right-handed relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez.
Originally released by the Detroit Tigers back on June 26, “K-Rod” was then promptly signed to a free-agent contract by the Nationals. However, before even getting the chance to suit up in our nation’s capital, Washington sent Rodriguez to Triple-A Syracuse while it appears as though the National League East ball club was not happy with what it saw.
The 35-year-old relief pitcher originally broke into the major leagues all the way back in 2002 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. Notably remaining in Los Angeles through the 2008 season, the veteran closer has since made appearances for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and Tigers as well.
Over the course of his 25.1 innings of work for the Tigers in 2017, a stretch that still serves as his only big league action this season, he registered a whopping 7.82 ERA. While such a statistic presumably helped lead to his eventual release in the “Motor City,” Rodriguez also produced a 2-5 record, seven saves, six blown saves and 23 strikeouts against 11 walks for Detroit.
As a major league hurler, Rodriguez has notched a 2.86 career ERA alongside 437 saves, 88 holds and 76 blown saves.