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Phillies, Francisco Rodriguez agree to minor league contract

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The Phils have given K-Rod a shot at a bounce back.

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The Phillies and right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Per Jon Heyman, K-Rod will make $2.5 million if he cracks the Phillies’ roster and can earn up to $3.75 million including incentives.

Rodriguez, who recently turned 36, had his first genuinely bad season in 2017 with the Detroit Tigers. He made 28 relief appearances in which he logged 25.1 innings. K-Rod posted a career worst 7.82 ERA, allowing 22 earned runs on 31 hits and 11 walks. Rodriguez’s 3.9 BB/9 was higher than his career average while his 8.2 K/9 was significantly less than a career 10.5 K/9.

Rodriguez was released by the Tigers in late June but was signed to a minor league deal by the Washington Nationals just days later. The veteran made five appearances across three levels of the Nats’ system before Washington cut ties with him.