[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.