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Francisco Rodriguez Not Ready To Retire

Free-agent relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez last pitched in the major leagues for the Detroit Tigers in June of 2017, but he's hoping to make his way back onto a major league roster. The 38-year-old has pitched in the Nationals minor league system, an independent team in the United State and in Mexico since his release in 2017. K-Rod played in parts of 16 seasons in the major leagues and was a six-time All-Star. He ranks fourth on the all-time list for saves with 437 behind Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith, all of whom are in the Hall of Fame. It's unlikely that Rodriguez will get another shot in the majors, but even if he does, it would be doubtful that he'd work his way into the closer's role anywhere after three years away from MLB. "As long as I have that conviction, as long as I have that flame, I’m going to keep trying. And I know that I’m going to do it," Rodriguez said.