44-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Felix Rodriguez in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Felix Rodriguez Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $600,000 deal in Jan. 2006. Released by the Nationals in October of 2006. Signed minor league deal with Florida in January 2007. The Marlins released Rodriguez in March of 2006.
The Marlins have released Rodriguez.
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Felix Rodriguez: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Felix Rodriguez.
Rodriguez had been so dominant with the Giants and Phillies that it wasn't asking too much for him to give the Yankees a seventh-inning bridge to Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera. Suffice it to say, that didn't happen. He spent much of the year on the disabled list, but even when he was on the mound, was very wild and very hittable. Rodriguez should find a set-up job elsewhere in 2006, but the talk about him as a potential closer should be over.
The Phillies picked up Rodriguez for the stretch drive after he blew a few games for the Giants and was less than responsive to coaching. He has been a good set-up man for years and still throws 95 MPH, but his lack of a consistent breaking ball has started to catch up to him. Right-handed hitters have increasingly teed off on him the last two years. Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees for Kenny Lofton over the offseason and will be used to get the game to Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera.
Rodriguez could be traded this winter, so monitor where he lands as he could turn into a top closer given the right opportunity. Rodriguez has been supplanted in San Francisco by the less-expensive Matt Herges. Sent on his way, he'll be a mid-tier closer, good for 30 saves and a mid-3.00s ERA. He'd more valuable throwing 20 extra innings a season, which is what he did when he was awesome in 2000 and 2001.
With 17 wins in middle relief in the last two seasons (nine in 2001, eight last year), Rodriguez brings as much value to your fantasy team as any non-closer reliever will. In addition, Rodriguez has struck out 8.5 batters per nine innings and delivers 70-80 innings a year – again, great production in terms of strikeouts from a set-up man (1.1 WHIP over the last two years, too). Rodriguez is also helped by the fact that his team's starting staff, so far, doesn't have a lot of guys who will consistently get through the eighth inning (which helps with vulture win opportunities), as well as the fact that he pitches in Pac Bell Park.