Phillies sign reliever Francisco Rodriguez to minors deal with invite to Spring Training

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 08: Francisco Rodriguez #57 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the eighth inning during a MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Comerica Park on June 8, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Angels defeated the Tigers 11-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA– The pitcher known as “K-Rod” is getting another shot at being in a Major League bullpen.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed P Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.

If Rodriguez were to make the Major League club, his deal would reportedly be worth $2.5 million.

Rodriguez, 36, was released by the Tigers after going 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA in 2017. He reportedly averaged the lowest velocity of his career.

For his career, Rodriguez has totaled 437 saves, which is good for fourth all-time.

With five teams over the span of 16 years, “K-Rod” has a career 2.86 ERA, led the league in saves three separate times, and is a five-time All-Star.

Recently, Rodriguez reportedly worked out for teams and showed renewed velocity, garnering interest from multiple clubs including the Phillies.

While the team’s closer is set with P Hector Neris, Rodriguez provides a veteran options for the late innings and could step in as closer if need be.

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