Tigers pick up $6 million option on Francisco Rodriguez for 2017

The Detroit Tigers have picked up their 2017 contract option on closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Rodriguez will make $6 million in 2017. The Tigers could have bought out the final year of the contract for $2 million. (MLive)

Rodriguez, 34, appeared in 61 games with the Tigers in 2016 and had a 3-4 record with 44 saves, a 3.24 ERA (58.1IP/21ER) and 52 strikeouts. Rodriguez ranked second in the American League with 44 saves, while he was seventh with an 89.8 save percentage. Rodriguez’s 44 saves were the second most in a season in franchise history, trailing only Jose Valverde, who had 49 saves in 2011. Rodriguez posted 40-or-more saves in a season for the sixth time in his career, which is the third most 40-save seasons in MLB history, trailing only Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, who each had nine 40-save seasons.

In 15 seasons at the major league level, Rodriguez has compiled a 50-48 record with 430 saves, a 2.73 ERA (950.2IP/288ER) and 1119 strikeouts in 920 appearances. Rodriguez’s 430 career saves are the fourth most in major league history, while his 920 outings are the 22nd most among pitchers in MLB history. (CBS Local)

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