According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, 36-year-old Francisco Rodriguez has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that includes an invite to Spring Training. It's a low risk, low-ish reward move for Philadelphia, but it's cool to see K-Rod still sticking around.
He had a rough go of it with the Tigers in 2017, posting a 7.82 ERA in 28 games before getting released. Still, he was an All-Star as recently as 2015, which is one of six appearances the former closer has made in the mid summer classic.
K-Rod will always be known for his time with the Anaheim Angels. He broke through with the club as a 20-year-old in 2002 and stayed through 2008, when he accumulated a MLB record 62 saves. He also finished third in the Cy Young voting that season and was sixth in the AL MVP voting. Crazy.
That being said my favorite version of K-Rod will always be the 20-year-old who dominated the 2002 playoffs. He had pitched just 5 2/3 big league innings before making the post-season roster, and that October he was basically 2016 Andrew Miller. Rodriguez threw 18 2/3 innings for the World Champion Angels, allowed four earned runs, walked five, and struck out 28. Three of those strikeouts came in the eighth inning of Game 7, protecting a 4-1 Anaheim lead before Troy Percival closed the door. Talk about DOMINANCE.