Francisco Rodriguez has been advocating for a comeback and now it appears a team is willing to take a flyer on the former elite closer as the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to bring him on through a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
“K-Rod” was one of the best relief pitchers in the sport before an atrocious 2017. He posted a 7.82 ERA in 28 games. He lost the closer’s role and was eventually let loose by the Detroit Tigers. He was signed by the Nationals, but only lasted there for nine days before he was released a second time. The Phillies are now going to try to help him reclaim his former self.
Rodriguez is a six-time All-Star, has 437 career saves to his name, and at 36-years-old, still believes he has something to offer a major league team. This time around, however, there will be no guarantees and he will have to earn his spot on the roster.
Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, if Rodriguez breaks camp with the Phillies, his contract will be worth 2.5 million dollars, and he can earn up to 1.25 million dollars in incentives. At this point in his career, K-Rod appears to be more concerned with getting another shot in the majors, rather than breaking the bank.
Rodriguez will look to join a bullpen that consists of Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia, Hector Neris, and Pat Neshek. While it is unlikely Rodriguez reclaims his former role as a closer, there are holes still needing to be filled in the Phillies’ bullpen, and only Rodriguez can control his own destiny.