Francisco Rodriguez was released Friday by the Detroit Tigers, one day after the 35-year-old reliever allowed 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 ERA this year. Detroit removed him from the closer role earlier this season, and now the right-hander's career is at another crossroads. 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. The Tigers traded for Rodriguez
The Boston Red Sox, who are currently tied with the New York Yankees atop the AL East standings, have done what you do when your fantasy baseball team needs some help: They hit the waiver wire. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski dug into his past a little bit and found two players who served him well when he was with the Detroit Tigers. Now he’s hopeful they can make some meaningful contributions to a Red Sox team that has underachieved this season considering its World Series pedigree.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig continues to rile up opponents. Michael Reaves/Getty Images Welcome to this week's edition of Three Up, Three Down — your weekly catch-up of the three best highlights (and lowlights) from around the league. We're here for all of the cheers and the jeers, because it's baseball. You can't have a winner without someone losing along the way. This week, we talk a lot about the written and unwritten rules in baseball, along with position changes and teams moving in opposite directions. Up: Yasiel Puig continues to act like Stone Cold Steve Austin The New York Mets weren't thrilled with Yasiel Puig admiring his home run and taking his time rounding the bases.