How desperate are the Washington Nationals to add bullpen arms?
Possibly, at least according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman, who wrote on Twitter today that it is possible the veteran reliever better know as K-Rod could end up signing on in D.C.
Rodriguez, 35 was released by the Detroit Tigers last week, after he put up a 7.82 ERA, a 7.36 FIP, 11 walks (3.91 BB/9), 23 Ks (8.17 K/9) and a .293/.364/.642 line against over 25 1⁄3 IP this season. K-Rod saved seven games, but collected six blown saves before he was released.
Heyman said today Rodriguez could find a new home in the nation’s capital... or at least the Nationals’ organization:
K-Rod being pursued by Nats, and likely to go to them. Word is, they need bullpen help.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 26, 2017
Heyman, in a follow-up article after that tweet, added the K-Rod could sign as early as today, and, “... is expected to sign with the Washington Nationals, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports.”
Rodriguez was replaced as Detroit’s closer by Justin Wilson, who is reportedly another target for the Nationals, who are in need of, and reportedly in the market for bullpen help.
Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus told reporters, as quoted by Detroit News’ writer Chris McCosky last month, that the hope was that Rodriguez would get it together in less high-leverage situations.
“For right now, for the time being, we're going to use Justin Wilson to close out games,” Ausmus said.
“Hopefully we'll get Frankie into some softer situations, get his command back, get his stuff back to where it was.”
He was released just weeks later, however, giving the veteran reliever an opportunity to sign elsewhere.
Heyman noted that Rodriguez, “... will likely be forced to participate in a few minor league games before heading to Washington,” and his role with the Nationals if he signs, is unclear.
More info when there is any if Rodriguez actually signs on with the Nats...