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Heyman | Recently released Francisco Rodriguez agrees to deal with Nats

Jon Heyman

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Detroit Tigers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) in action during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, on May 11, 2017, played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: FanRag Sports has since confirmed that the Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with veteran relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez.

Former Detroit Tigers right-handed relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is slated to pick his next big league club as early as Monday. As a result, “K-Rod” is expected to sign with the Washington Nationals, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports.

Although the Nationals clearly need some help in their bullpen as the National League East club has been unable to find a bona fide closer, Rodriguez will likely be forced to participate in a few minor league games before heading to Washington. With that in mind, it remains to be seen as to what role “K-Rod” encounters upon ultimately landing with the Nationals.

The veteran relief pitcher was previously released by the Tigers on Friday.

Now a 35-year-old hurler, Rodriguez is looking to suit up for his sixth major league club after originally breaking into the highest level back in 2002 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. After remaining in Los Angeles through the 2008 campaign, he has since made appearances for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and Tigers along the way.

Spending the last two seasons in the “Motor City,” a stint that includes the early part of the 2017 campaign, Rodriguez has already made 28 regular-season appearances this time around. Over the course of 25.1 innings of work, he has compiled a disappointing 7.82 ERA. During what would become his final go-round with the Tigers, he added a 2-5 record, seven saves, six blown saves and 23 strikeouts against 11 walks.

For his big league career, Rodriguez has registered a 2.86 ERA alongside a nearly even 52-53 record, 437 saves, 88 holds and 76 blown saves. As it stands today, he has appeared in 948 regular-season games en route to 976 innings of work in all.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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