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mlb: tigers release reliever francisco rodriguez

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mlb: tigers release reliever francisco rodriguez

the detroit tigers have released francisco rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever gave up a grand slam to robinson cano in his latest rough outing.rodriguez saved 44 games for the tigers in 2016, but he is 2-5 with a 7.82 earned-run average this season. detroit removed him from the closer role earlier this season.“it's never fun to tell guys you like, or good people, bad news,” tigers manager brad ausmus said. “franky has had an extremely good career. he was as gracious and as professional as i would have expected.” the tigers have experienced bullpen woes again this year, and rodriguez's decline is a big reason why. justin wilson has taken over as the closer, but detroit hasn't had enough depth in relief.detroit announced rodriguez's release on twitter before friday night's game at san diego. the tigers, who have lost six in a row and are in last place in the al central, are responsible for the remainder of rodriguez's $6-million salary.rodriguez is fourth on the career list with 437 saves and set the single-season record of 62 in 2008, when he was with the los angeles angels. his future was in question after a shaky season in 2012 with milwaukee, but he was able to rebound, reinventing himself by relying on his changeup. “he is a tremendous leader in the bullpen but it just wasn't working on the field,” ausmus said. “and quite frankly the reason we stuck with him is he is a good leader. he's a good guy to have on the team. he is a positive i...