Francisco Rodriguez, mostly known as K-Rod, has found himself without a job after being released by the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon.
Rodriguez has been struggling before the 2017 season with a sub-par performance in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela and after posting a 7.82 ERA and 1.65 WHIP for the Tigers, the team became frustrated with his lack of production. The final blow for K-Rod was giving up a grand slam to Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano that lead to a 9-6 loss on Thursday night.
Rodriguez also lost his closer role in May to Justin Wilson and continued to struggle after going public with his disagreement of the decision. Since June 13th, he’s allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, including two home runs. He’s given up nine home runs in 25 1/3 innings this season.
The Tigers recalled Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo to take Rodriguez’s spot in the bullpen.
In his sixteen-year career, Rodriguez is fourth in all-time saves with 437, a career ERA of 2.87, and a 1.15 WHIP with the Angels, Mets, Brewers, Orioles, and Tigers.