Francisco Rodriguez Agrees to Minor League Deal with the Philadelphia Phillies

Francisco Rodriguez is back in the game…

The 36-year-old Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher, nicknamed “Frankie” and “K-Rod“, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Francisco Rodriguez

Rodriguez, a former All-Star reliever, will report to major league spring training, according to multiple reports.

The deal, which was first reported by FanRag Sports on Saturday, will include a $2.5 million base salary if Rodriguez is added to the 40-man roster. And he has a chance to make $1.25 million in incentives.

Rodriguez, a right-hander, saved 44 games for the Detroit Tigers in 2016, but he was 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA in 28 appearances last season before being released by Detroit in June.

Rodriguez is fourth on the career list with 437 saves and set the single-season record of 62 in 2008, when he was with the Los Angeles Angels. His future was in question after a shaky season in 2012 with the Milwaukee Brewers, but he was able to rebound, reinventing himself by relying on his changeup.

The Tigers traded for Rodriguez in November 2015, and though his strikeout numbers in 2016 weren’t great, he had a solid season, and Detroit exercised his $6 million option for 2017. The Tigers remained responsible for the remainder of his 2017 salary.

Rodriguez Lands Lucrative One-Year Contract with the Milwaukee Brewers

Francisco Rodriguez is Milwaukee bound once again…

The 32-year-old Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher, “K-Rod” as he’s known, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers worth $3.25 million plus incentives.

Francisco Rodriguez

Rodriguez, a four-time MLB All-Star, could earn another $550,000 in bonuses. The contract includes a $100,000 bonus for 55 innings pitched and incentives for games finished; $50,000 each for 15 and 20 games; $75,000 for 25 and 30 games; and $100,000 each for 35 and 40 games.

Rodriguez, a World Series champion, has 304 saves in 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles.

Milwaukee signed Rodriguez as a free agent last spring before trading him to Baltimore in late July in a deal for minor leaguer Nick Delmonico.

In 2008, Rodriguez set a major league record with 62 saves for the Angels. He has notched three finishes in the top five in Cy Young Award balloting.

Rodriguez brings depth and another veteran arm to a Milwaukee bullpen headed by Jim Henderson, who recorded 28 saves and struck out 75 batters in 60 innings as a 30-year-old rookie last season.