current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#57 P | 6'0", 195 lbs. | Milwaukee
Birth Date:January 7, 1982 (32 years old) Place of Birth:Caracas, VEN
Drafted:Signed by LA Angels in 1998.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
Drafted:Signed by LA Angels in 1998.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
|Assets:||Can crank the heat into the upper 90's with movement. Also adds a hard curveball, which is a great strikeout pitch. Has a bulldog mentality on the mound. Shows emotion and leaves it all on the mound.|
|Flaws:||Occasionally gets rattled and loses composure, leading to the big inning against him. His slight build and violent delivery can lead to injuries. He doesn't pitch with a great deal of consistency.|
|Career Potential:||Quality veteran late-inning reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||Rolaids Relief Man||2008, 2006|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2009, 2008, 2007, 2004|
Movements & Injuries
|2/07/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers to a one-year contract.|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|8/19/2013||Missed 2 games (strained right groin).|
|8/17/2013||Strained right groin, day-to-day.|
|7/23/2013||Acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers.|
|5/15/2013||Contract purchased from Nashville (AAA).|
|4/17/2013||Re-signed by the Milwaukee Brewers to a minor league contract.|
|10/29/2012||Filed for free agency.|
|12/07/2011||Re-signed by the Milwaukee Brewers to a one-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|10/30/2011||Milwaukee Brewers declined their contract option for the 2012 season|
|8/20/2011||Missed 4 games (leg injury).|
|8/16/2011||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|7/13/2011||Acquired from the New York Mets.|
|10/19/2010||Missed 44 games (right thumb injury).|
|8/12/2010||Restricted list, day-to-day.|
|12/10/2008||Signed as a free agent by the New York Mets to a three-year contract.|
|11/03/2008||Filed for free agency.|
|4/13/2008||Missed 4 games (ankle injury).|
|4/08/2008||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|8/16/2007||Missed 2 games (ankle injury).|
|8/14/2007||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|1/16/2007||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|4/19/2006||Missed 2 games (hamstring).|
|1/17/2006||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|6/01/2005||Missed 17 games (forearm injury).|
|5/23/2005||Forearm injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 15th).|
|5/18/2005||Forearm injury, day-to-day.|
|3/01/2005||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|2/20/2004||Re-signed by the Anaheim Angels to a one-year contract.|
|5/02/2003||Missed 7 games (bereavement list).|
|4/23/2003||Placed on the bereavement list.|
|9/15/2002||Contract purchased from Salt Lake (AAA).|
|2/07/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers.|
|7/23/2013||Milwaukee Brewers traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles for Nick Delmonico.|
|7/13/2011||New York Mets traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers for two players to be named later (Danny Herrera and Adrian Rosario, Sept. 1, 2011).|
|12/10/2008||Signed as a free agent by the New York Mets.|
|9/24/1998||Signed as a nondrafted free agent by the Anaheim Angels in 1998.|
Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez's resurgence continued Saturday night. | 09/20/2014 10:45 PM
NewsBrewers closer Francisco Rodriguez's resurgence continued Saturday night.
ImpactHe has been amazing all season, and that continued against the Pirates, as Rodriguez locked down his 43rd save. The 3.09 ERA is nothing to cry home about, as a closer, but in no way is it terrible.
Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 42nd save of the year, shutting down the Cardinals in the bottom of the 12th to hold onto a 3-2 victory. | 09/17/2014 12:18 AM
NewsBrewers closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 42nd save of the year, shutting down the Cardinals in the bottom of the 12th to hold onto a 3-2 victory.
ImpactK-Rod nearly tossed up a game-tying home run to Johnny Peralta, but the fly ball died at the warning track and was caught. Rodriguez has had his struggles this year, but he is third in the National League in saves and has converted 42 out of 47 opportuntities.
K-Rod tallies 27th save as Brewers beat Rox | 06/28/2014 7:48 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez tallied his 27th save of 2014 in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Rockies.
ImpactThe dominant run continues for the 32-year-old right-hander, who boasts a 2.34 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 49/9 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this season. K-Rod struck out two of the three Colorado hitters he faced on Saturday. He's been the top closer in baseball in the first half. The first-place Brewers have won four games in a row.
Rodriguez picks up league-leading 26th save | 06/27/2014 12:19 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez picked up his 26th save with a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Rockies.
ImpactOn three pitches, Rodriguez induced a ground out, a fly out, and another ground out to wrap up his league-leading 26th save. The right-hander has blown only two saves and owns a 2.23 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 45/9 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.
K-Rod gives up solo homer but earns 25th save | 06/22/2014 9:41 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez allowed a solo home run to Wilin Rosario but closed out the Rockies for his 25th save of the season on Sunday.
ImpactIt was an iffy inning for Rodriguez, as Corey Dickerson was thrown out at home trying for an inside-the-park homer a batter before Rosario's blast. The homers have been one of the only issues in what's been a strong year for the 32-year-old, as he's got a 2.35 ERA and 0.94 WHIP through 38 1/3 innings of work. His 25 saves are best in the National League.
Rodriguez (ankle) hopes to be fine on Monday | 06/22/2014 9:23 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez suffered a minor ankle injury in the ninth inning of Sunday's victory over the Rockies, but expects to be fine on Monday.
Todd Rosiak on Twitter
ImpactThe injury occurred during a wild play where Chris Dickerson tripled and fell down as he attempted to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. K-Rod still managed to complete his inning and rack up his 25th save of the year.
Rodriguez nails down 20th save against Mets | 06/11/2014 10:30 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez converted his 20th save with a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Mets.
ImpactRodriguez made quick work of the Mets, notching a strikeout in the effort. He becomes baseball's second pitcher to 20 saves this season, joining Sergio Romo. The 32-year-old reliever continues to pitch well, as he now has a 2.01 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 35/8 K/BB rati oin 31 1/3 innings.
K-Rod goes 1 1/3 against Bucs for 19th save | 06/08/2014 4:50 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez was called on record a four-out save in Sunday's win over the Pirates.
ImpactWith two outs and a runner on third base in the eighth inning, Rodriguez entered to protect a one-run lead. He punched out Russell Martin to end the threat, and despite walking two in the ninth he slammed the door to record his 19th save. The reliever has a 2.08 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 34/8 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings of work.
Rodriguez ties for MLB lead with 18th save | 06/05/2014 11:50 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 18th save in Thursday's win over the Twins.
ImpactRodriguez tied Sergio Romo for the MLB lead with his 18th save, recording a strikeout in the effort. The embattled 32-year-old has had a great season for the Brewers, having blown only two saves while compiling a 2.17 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 33/6 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.
K-Rod blows his second save of the season | 05/26/2014 6:13 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez blew his second save of the season Monday against the Orioles.
ImpactRodriguez retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a solo homer to Jonathan Schoop and a game-tying double to Nick Markakis. After tossed 15 scoreless innings in April, K-Rod has allowed seven runs in 10 innings this month. Perhaps all the early work was a bad idea.
Francisco Rodriguez nails down save No. 17 | 05/16/2014 5:56 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez converted his league-leading 17th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Friday's win over the Cubs.
ImpactK-Rod allowed a leadoff single in the ninth while protecting a one-run lead, but he rebounded to retire the next three hitters in order to snuff out the threat. It was a nice bounce-back effort after he allowed three runs his previous time out. Rodriguez's ERA sits at 1.57.
Rodriguez tagged for three runs in loss | 05/14/2014 11:31 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez allowed three runs in his only inning of work, taking the loss as the Brewers fell to the Pirates 4-1 on Wednesday.
ImpactRodriguez looked untouchable, carrying a spotless 0.00 ERA as recently as four days ago, but he has now allowed runs in two out of his last three outings. The right-hander allowed three hits and a double, turning a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 Pirates lead. Rodriguez still has a very respectable 1.64 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 28/4 K/BB ratio in 22 innings, however.
Rodriguez closes down Pirates for 16th save | 05/14/2014 12:36 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 16th save, and the Brewers beat the Pirates 5-2 on Tuesday.
ImpactRodriguez bounced back from suffering his first blown save on Sunday to retire the Pirates in order, getting Chris Stewart to ground out and Travis Snider to fly out before striking out Jaff Decker. Granted, it wasn't the most dangerous trio of hitters he's ever seen, but a save is a save. The right-hander now owns a 0.43 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 27/4 K/BB ratio, and his 16 saves are the most in the National League.
K-Rod earns 15th save as Brewers beat NYY | 05/10/2014 10:02 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez earned his 15th save of the season in Saturday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees.
ImpactK-Rod retired Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, and Ichiro Suzuki in order in the top of the ninth inning. It was the 19th scoreless appearance of the year for the veteran right-hander, who has been the top fantasy closer in the majors thus far.
Francisco Rodriguez notches 14th save | 05/02/2014 10:02 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his 14th save of the season.
ImpactRodriguez struck out one batter in the inning. The 32-year-old has a ridiculous 24/4 K/BB ratio over 17 scoreless innings so far this season. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke could burn him out by the All-Star break at this point, but he's looking better than ever right now.
K-Rod earns 13th save, Brewers beat Cards | 04/30/2014 12:10 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez earned his 13th save of the season Tuesday in the Brewers' 5-4 defeat of the Cardinals.
ImpactK-Rod tied the MLB record for most saves in March and April. He now has a ridiculous 0.00 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 16 innings for the Brewers, who are 20-7 on the year with a 6 1/2 game lead in the National League Central standings. It's been quite a story.
K-Rod picks up 11th save, Brewers now 18-6 | 04/26/2014 10:14 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez notched his MLB-leading 11th save Saturday as the Brewers topped the Cubs 5-3.
ImpactK-Rod struck out one in a perfect ninth inning. He is sporting an outstanding 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and 21/3 K/BB ratio through 14 frames this year for the Brewers, who are off to a surprising 18-6 start.
K-Rod slams door on Cubs to earn 10th save | 04/25/2014 11:30 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez worked another perfect ninth inning on Friday, slamming the door on the Cubs and earning his league-leading 10th save of the season.
ImpactK-Rod has been utterly dominant through his first 13 appearances, having yet to allow an earned run while posting a miniscule 0.62 WHIP and outstanding 20/3 K/BB ratio. He's locked himself into the closer's role for the considerable future regardless of how well Jim Henderson pitches.
Rodriguez notches MLB-leading 9th save | 04/23/2014 11:43 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning, earning his ninth save of the season as the Brewers defeated the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday.
ImpactThe embattled reliever has been lights out for the Brewers in the early going, with an MLB-leading nine saves, a spotless ERA, and an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings. Considering his track record, Rodriguez's early success isn't surprising.
Francisco Rodriguez earns eighth save | 04/22/2014 12:41 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez notched his fourth save in four days with a scoreless ninth Monday against the Padres.
ImpactApparently, the Brewers aren't too concerned about overworking Rodriguez in the early going. Still, we can't imagine there's any way he pitches Tuesday, which could result in a save chance for Jim Henderson.
K-Rod earns sixth save, Brewers beat Bucs | 04/19/2014 10:23 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez picked up his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Brewers' win over the Pirates.
ImpactK-Rod tossed a perfect ninth inning to lock down Milwaukee's 13th win in 18 games. He has not been scored upon in 2014 and has been among the most valuable fantasy closers through the first three weeks of the season. It was K-Rod's 310th career save, tying him with Goose Gossage for 20th on the all-time major league leaderboard.
K-Rod shuts down Pirates to earn fifth save | 04/18/2014 10:19 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez tossed a soreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Friday, earning his fifth save of the season.
ImpactThe 32-year-old right-hander has been nothing short of dominant since taking over the closer's role from Jim Henderson an interim basis. He hasn't allowed a run in eight innings on the year, while posting a 0.62 WHIP and 13/2 K/BB ratio. There's no reason to believe that Jim Henderson will win his job back anytime soon.
K-Rod gets fourth save, Brewers move to 9-2 | 04/12/2014 10:24 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez earned his fourth save of the season in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Pirates.
ImpactK-Rod issued a leadoff walk to Pedro Alvarez but was perfect the rest of the way in a scoreless top of the ninth. He has not allowed a run and has fanned 11 batters in six innings this season, also yielding just one hit. It's tough at this point to envision Jim Henderson winning back closer duties. Milwaukee is off to a 9-2 start.
K-Rod secures third save of season | 04/11/2014 11:31 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez struck out the side Friday against the Pirates for his third save of the season.
ImpactRodriguez has been brilliant so far this season, allowing just one hit and no walks over five scoreless innings to go along with 11 strikeouts. Jim Henderson tossed a scoreless eighth inning Friday and is seemingly returning to form, but it could be tough for him to take the closer role back when K-Rod is pitching like this.
K-Rod strikes out side for save | 04/05/2014 11:47 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the 11th for his second save Saturday against the Red Sox.
ImpactWith Jim Henderson having a lousy outing in middle relief, it doesn't look like the Brewers will be switching closers anytime soon. K-Rod should be picked up in any leagues in which he remains available.
K-Rod to serve as Brewers' closer for now | 03/31/2014 5:24 PM
NewsBrewers manager Ron Roenicke said after Monday's game that Francisco Rodriguez will serve as the team's closer for now.
Adam McCalvy on Twitter
ImpactRodriguez surprisingly got the nod to close out Monday's win over the Braves and pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Roenicke addressed the situation after the game and said that he's going to stick with K-Rod for now in order to give Jim Henderson time to get his stuff back. Rodriguez is obviously worth owning in all fantasy formats, but this situation could change at any time.
Francisco Rodriguez notches save in opener | 03/31/2014 5:02 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez, not Jim Henderson, got the save chance for the Brewers on Monday and pitched a scoreless ninth against the Braves.
ImpactThe guess here is that something is wrong with Henderson. K-Rod certainly didn't do anything to beat him out for the job while giving up three homers and eight runs -- five earned -- in six innings this spring. That said, Rodriguez is still a fine reliever, and if Henderson does miss some time, he'll be worth owning in all formats.
Rodriguez strikes out two vs. White Sox | 03/17/2014 7:39 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning as the White Sox shut out the Brewers 9-0 on Monday.
Impact"K-Rod" struck out two in the effort. Rodriguez made his Cactus League debut on Saturday. If he can avoid stepping on any more cacti before the regular season begins, he'll resume setting up for closer Jim Henderson.
K-Rod to make spring debut on Saturday | 03/15/2014 12:20 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez (foot) will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.
Andrew Gruman on Twitter
ImpactRodriguez was late to camp due to visa issues, then stepped on a cactus and had to have spines removed from his foot this week. He's expected to work in a setup capacity this season in front of closer Jim Henderson.
Francisco Rodriguez (foot) still feeling pain | 03/14/2014 12:46 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez is still having issues with his left foot after having more cactus spines removed Thursday.
Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
ImpactTom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says things are "not looking good" for the reliever. It's not clear when Rodriguez will be ready to throw from a mound again, but it's close enough to Opening Day to where a stint on the disabled list is looking like a possibility.
K-Rod had more cactus spines removed Thurs. | 03/13/2014 12:35 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez had more cactus spines removed from his left foot on Thursday morning.
Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
ImpactRodriguez stepped on a cactus in his backyard Tuesday night while chasing after his young son. He is expected to make a full recovery, but it may be another week or so before he's comfortable enough to pitch in a spring game. The veteran right-hander will serve as a setup man this season to Brewers closer Jim Henderson.
K-Rod steps on cactus, delays spring debut | 03/12/2014 2:56 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez stepped on a cactus without shoes during Tuesday's off-day.
ImpactWe'll allow you to pun your way into a unique "Cactus League" joke at this time. On a more somber note, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Rodriguez had "a lot of thorns" removed but some apparently remain in his foot. K-Rod has been away due to visa issues, which is why he still hasn't made his spring debut. Roenicke thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day as Jim Henderson's setup man.
Francisco Rodriguez to report Saturday | 02/27/2014 6:37 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez is expected to report to Brewers' camp on Saturday.
Todd Rosiak on Twitter
ImpactK-Rod has been away due to visa issues, but they've apparently been resolved. The veteran reliever will have plenty of time to play catch-up as he prepares to be Jim Henderson's setup man this season.
K-Rod to get work visa next week | 02/19/2014 1:08 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez has an appointment at the U.S. consulate in Caracas, Venezuela next Thursday to acquire his work visa.
ImpactBrewers assistant GM Gord Ash said that they expect Rodriguez to arrive in camp a few days later. The veteran reliever returned to the Brewers earlier this month on a one-year, $3.25 million contract and projects to set up for Jim Henderson this season.
Francisco Rodriguez delayed by visa issue | 02/16/2014 9:32 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez has yet to report to Brewers' camp due to visa issues.
ImpactHe's not expected in camp for another 7-10 days, but manager Ron Roenicke isn't worried. "I'm not too concerned about that," Roenicke said. "He threw some winter ball this winter. He knows what he needs to do."
Francisco Rodriguez returns to Milwaukee | 02/07/2014 4:52 PM
NewsBrewers signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.
ImpactHe'll have the chance to earn an additional $550,000 more in incentives. K-Rod compiled a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 46 2/3 innings for the Brewers and Orioles last season. He'll function as the primary setup man for Jim Henderson and would be first in line for saves should Henderson falter.
Francisco Rodriguez signs back with Brewers | 02/07/2014 3:05 PM
NewsChris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Brewers are in agreement with Francisco Rodriguez on a one-year contract.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactAdam McCalvy of MLB.com says the deal is for $3.25 million, with $550,000 more available in incentives. K-Rod compiled a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 46 2/3 innings for the Brewers and Orioles. He will help set up for Jim Henderson in Milwaukee.
K-Rod close to going back to Milwaukee | 02/07/2014 2:49 PM
NewsESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Francisco Rodriguez is "making significant progress" toward a deal with the Brewers.
Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
ImpactK-Rod, of course, has spent most of the last three seasons with the Brew Crew. The veteran reliever pitched very well last season, putting up a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 46 2/3 innings for the Brewers and Orioles. He would help set up for Jim Henderson in Milwaukee.
O's remain interested in Francisco Rodriguez | 01/03/2014 11:10 PM
NewsRoch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles remain interested in free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, with talks intensifying over the past few weeks.
ImpactThe 31-year-old had a resurgence in 2013, compiling a 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 46 2/3 innings between the Brewers and Orioles. If signed, K-Rod could assume the closer's role for the O's, or could be used in a setup capacity in front of Tommy Hunter.
O's have checked in on Francisco Rodriguez | 12/23/2013 10:43 AM
NewsAccording to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have checked in on Francisco Rodriguez.
ImpactThere was a report in early October stating that the O's were not going to re-sign K-Rod, but the 31-year-old right-hander is still on the open market and the Baltimore front office is likely in bargain-shopping mode. Rodriguez posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 22 innings this past summer with the Orioles after arriving in a mid-season trade from Milwaukee.
Orioles unlikely to bring back Rodriguez | 10/05/2013 12:00 PM
NewsThe Orioles are reportedly not interested in re-signing impending free agent Francisco Rodriguez.
ImpactK-Rod was acquired from the Brewers in a mid-season trade, and posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 28/5 K/BB ratio over 22 innings with the O's. Still just 31-years-old, he shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason.
K-Rod doesn't expect to go to disabled list | 08/17/2013 12:09 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez was removed from Friday's game with a strained right groin, but expects to avoid the disabled list.
ImpactRodriguez claims that this injury is something that he's been dealing with for some time now, and it flared up on him in the eighth inning. He believes that once he gets treatment for it, he'll be fine to return on Saturday.
K-Rod leaves early with undisclosed injury | 08/16/2013 9:34 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez was removed from Friday's game against the Rockies due to an undisclosed injury.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
ImpactIt appeared that Rodriguez may have tweaked something while warming up, but still attempted to pitch through it. He came on to get two outs to end the seventh inning, then returned in the eighth and allowed a solo homer and a single before being removed. He was limping while walking off the field with the training staff. The O's should have an update on his status shortly.
Orioles pick up K-Rod from Brew Crew | 07/23/2013 8:07 PM
NewsOrioles acquired RHP Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers in exchange for INF Nick Delmonico.
Report: Red Sox, Dodgers interested in K-Rod | 07/23/2013 2:05 PM
NewsESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Red Sox and Dodgers "continue to keep the closest watch" on Brewers' reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
ImpactIn fact, Crasnick hears that both teams have had scouts "all over him" this week in Milwaukee. The Tigers are also monitoring the situation, but they aren't as eager to deal following the emergence of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly in the late innings.
Report: Dodgers showing interest in K-Rod | 07/21/2013 9:21 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports the Dodgers have been the team most heavily scouting Francisco Rodriguez.
ImpactK-Rod has a 1.09 ERA and 10 saves in 25 appearances this season and is expected to draw heavy interest leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. The Tigers and Red Sox are also among the teams who have been linked to the 31-year-old. Rodriguez is a strong candidate to be dealt later this month.
Rodriguez tosses a scoreless inning of relief | 07/21/2013 7:13 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Milwaukee's 1-0, 13-inning victory against the Marlins on Sunday.
ImpactK-Rod danced around a leadoff single in the ninth and later intentionally walked Logan Morrison. Rodriguez has been the speculation of plenty of trade rumors recently, drawing interest from the Tigers and Red Sox specifically. The 31-year-old owns a spectacular 1.09 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.
Tigers, Red Sox scouting Francisco Rodriguez | 07/21/2013 2:07 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers and Red Sox are scouting Francisco Rodriguez.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactESPN's Buster Olney reported Saturday that the Tigers were after K-Rod, and evidently he's on the Red Sox' radar, as well. The interest is no surprise, as Rodriguez sports a nifty 1.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 26/8 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season. He'll almost surely be dealt this month.
Tigers hoping to acquire Francisco Rodriguez | 07/20/2013 4:12 PM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Tigers are hoping to acquire the Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactBut Detroit is probably going to have to pay a hefty price. There is a crowded trade market for K-Rod, who has a brilliant 1.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 26/8 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season. If he winds up with the Tigers, he could get a chance to save games.
Francisco Rodriguez notches 10th save | 07/20/2013 12:06 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth inning in Friday's victory over the Marlins, earning his 10th save of the season.
ImpactWith many teams on the hunt for bullpen upgrades, K-Rod is becoming an increasingly popular option with as well as he's pitching. Through 23 2/3 innings on the season, he owns a microscopic 1.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 26/8 K/BB ratio.
Dodgers watching K-Rod, Axford, Gonzalez | 07/09/2013 3:11 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that the Dodgers sent a scout to Milwaukee this week to watch Brewers' relievers Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford, and Mike Gonzalez.
ImpactMilwaukee is a popular destination for scouts at the moment, as Knobler hears that the Red Sox, Orioles and Tigers also have scouts in town this week. Meanwhile, all four of the other NL West have shown interest in the Brewers' relievers at times, as well as right-hander Yovani Gallardo. Rodriguez and Gonzalez can become free agents following the season while Axford is under team control through 2016.
K-Rod notches ninth save | 07/09/2013 12:04 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez recorded his ninth save with a hitless ninth against the Reds on Monday.
ImpactJim Henderson set him up with a scoreless eighth. Rodriguez is still perfect in his save chances, and the Brewers seem to have abandoned any plans to go back to Henderson in the closer's role. Of course, K-Rod remains a likely trade candidate, so he can't be counted on for many more saves going forward.
K-Rod allows solo homer, still earns save | 07/06/2013 10:58 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez served up a solo home run to Marlon Byrd in the ninth inning on Saturday, but fanned the other three hitters he faced to escape with his eighth save of the season.
ImpactRodriguez has been nothing short of outstanding since rejoining the Brewers, posting a 1.31 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings, while converting all eight of his save opportunities. With Jim Henderson and John Axford also performing well in the Brewers' bullpen, the situation seems primed for a trade or two in the coming weeks.
Francisco Rodriguez converts seventh save | 07/03/2013 9:59 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez nailed down his seventh save of the season with a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the Nationals.
ImpactK-Rod allowed a single and a walk but got Anthony Rendon to fly out to end it. Jim Henderson had pitched three of the last four days, so it's possible he wasn't available. However, he did blow his last save chance and has been out-pitched by K-Rod of late, so the two might share the role.
K-Rod earns 300th save as Brewers top Braves | 06/22/2013 7:08 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez earned his 300th career save Saturday in the Brewers' 2-0 defeat of the Braves.
ImpactK-Rod gave up a one-out single in the top of the ninth inning to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons but was able to work out of the jam. He's now the 25th member of the 300-save club, though he's expected to be stripped of the Brewers' ninth-inning role for Jim Henderson now that the milestone has been met. So it's bittersweet.
K-Rod picks up save No. 299 against Astros | 06/19/2013 11:50 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez earned his fifth save of the season, number 299 of his career, against the Astros on Wednesday.
ImpactK-Rod is now just one away from 300, a number only 24 others have reached in baseball's history. Jim Henderson will be reinstalled as the Brewers' closer once K-Rod gets to the plateau, but even then Rodriguez should continue to be a valuable pitcher in leagues that count holds. He has a 0.68 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through 13 1/3 innings and will likely become the team's setup man once Henderson is back closing.
K-Rod will get a chance at save No. 300 | 06/09/2013 9:36 AM
NewsBrewers manager Ron Roenicke said that while Jim Henderson is his closer, he will give Francisco Rodriguez a chance to get to 300 career saves.
ImpactRodriguez is at 298 saves after recording his fourth of the season on Saturday. It's unclear when the opportunities will come, but fantasy owners in need of saves can probably hang on to K-Rod for a while longer. He's been great for the Brewers this season, posting a 0.87 ERA and 0.68 WHIP over 11 appearances.
Despite homer, K-Rod records third save | 06/01/2013 7:23 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez notched his third save despite giving up a Freddy Galvis solo homer in the ninth inning Saturday against the Phillies.
ImpactFortunately, K-Rod had a two-run buffer tonight. Even more fortunate for him, there was no replay to overturn the out that ended the game; Kyle Kendrick was called out on a pickoff even though Jean Segura dropped the ball. The run was the first K-Rod has allowed in 7 1/3 innings since joining the Brewers a couple of weeks ago.
K-Rod notches 295th career save | 05/24/2013 11:12 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez replaced an injured Jim Henderson and notched a one-out save in Friday's win over the Pirates.
ImpactIt was his 295th career save. Rodriguez only threw two pitches after replacing Henderson, as Neil Walker grounded out to end the ball game. The severity of Henderson's injury isn't yet known, but K-Rod could certainly factor in if he requires an extended absence. John Axford could also get another chance at the role.
Brewers officially add K-Rod to active roster | 05/16/2013 10:03 AM
NewsBrewers purchased the contract of RHP Francisco Rodriguez from Triple-A Nashville.
ImpactK-Rod will join the Brewers on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. He allowed no runs and only one hit in four tune-up appearances in the minor leagues and should do fine as a setup man. The 31-year-old righty could eventually be tried at closer if Jim Henderson falters.
Brewers calling up RHP Francisco Rodriguez | 05/15/2013 3:44 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are calling up reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactRodriguez's minor league deal required that the Brewers make a decision by Wednesday whether to add him the roster. The 31-year-old struck out seven over four scoreless innings in the minors and could work his way into the late innings for Milwaukee.
Francisco Rodriguez moved up to Triple-A | 05/12/2013 10:35 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez has been promoted to Triple-A Nashville.
Adam McCalvy on Twitter
ImpactRodriguez struck out four over two scoreless innings for High-A Brevard County. The Brewers must decide later this week whether or not to add K-Rod to the major league roster. It would certainly be a surprise if he's not in their bullpen in a few days.
K-Rod tosses scoreless inning in High-A ball | 05/08/2013 9:34 AM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday in his first appearance with High-A Brevard County.
ImpactRodriguez, who signed a minor league deal with the Brewers last month, struck out two and walked one. He's scheduled to pitch again on Thursday and Saturday before moving to Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers must decide by mid-May whether to add him to the major league roster.
K-Rod joining High-A Brevard County on Tue. | 05/07/2013 2:26 PM
NewsFrancisco Rodriguez will be active with High-A Brevard County on Tuesday night.
ImpactRodriguez signed a minor league deal with Milwaukee last month and has been pitching in extended spring training while awaiting his visa. The veteran reliever is expected to pitch in High-A on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday before joining Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers have until mid-May to decide whether to promote him to the majors or let him walk as a free agent.
K-Rod re-signs with Brewers on minors deal | 04/17/2013 6:24 PM
NewsBrewers re-signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league contract.
ImpactHe'll report to extended spring training for now, as the Brewers have a 30-day window in which to assign him to a minor league affiliate. Rodriguez probably won't need that long to be game-ready and could eventually be an option in the ninth inning for the reliever-starved Brewers.
Report: Brewers near agreement with K-Rod | 04/17/2013 5:56 PM
NewsMLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers are close to re-signing reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
ImpactIt will be a minor league contract if K-Rod passes his physical. The 31-year-old right-hander struggled to attract interest this offseason, but the Brewers are now desperate for bullpen help. Rodriguez could eventually become a ninth-inning option for Milwaukee if Jim Henderson doesn't pan out and John Axford can't get right.
Angels reportedly not interested in K-Rod | 04/12/2013 10:02 PM
NewsAlden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that contrary to earlier reports, the Angels are not interested in free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez.
Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
ImpactAn earlier report had mentioned the Halos as one of the team's that expressed interest in K-Rod, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Still, with many bullpens in flux around the league and actual interest from other teams, Rodriguez could have new employment very soon.
K-Rod drawing interest from several teams | 04/12/2013 8:34 PM
NewsAccording to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez has been drawing interest from numerous teams, including the Brewers, Angels and Marlins.
ImpactRodriguez struggled in the first half of the 2012 season, but pitched much better down the stretch run. He also showed improved velocity, which carried over into his stint pitching for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Still just 31-years-old, and with 294 career saves on his resume, he could upgrade many struggling bullpens around the league and shouldn't be out of work for long. Those in deep leagues who are speculating on saves should monitor this situation closely.
K-Rod to pitch for Venezuela in WBC | 02/16/2013 3:07 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Francisco Rodriguez will pitch for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
ImpactHeyman suggests that Rodriguez may be able to use the tournament as a showcase for a new job, as the 31-year-old has struggled to attract interest on the open market. Coming off a down season, he'll almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden contract. The Mets were linked to K-Rod earlier this month, but a deal remains unlikely.
Mets considering K-Rod, but deal unlikely | 02/01/2013 10:45 AM
NewsESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have Francisco Rodriguez on their radar, but a deal is unlikely.
ESPN New York
ImpactRubin says K-Rod's agent, Scott Boras, "is believed to still be seeking about $7 million" for his client, which is apparently more than the Mets are willing to fork out. New York is also considering Brian Wilson and Jose Valverde, who appears to be at the top of the club's wish list.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.1||at Pit||Jun 8||1.2|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||2 times-last: vs. Pit||last: Apr 11||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||86||2003 (Ana)|
|Hits Allowed||67||2011 (NYN/Mil)|
|Runs Allowed||37||2012 (Mil)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||35||2012 (Mil)|
|Home Runs Allowed||12||2003 (Ana)|
|Earned Run Average||1.73*||2006 (Ana)|