Rodriguez avoided arbitration with the Braves by agreeing to a one-year deal on Friday. Rodriguez missed the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery in September 2015. He should certainly factor into Atlanta's left-handed depth in the bullpen in 2017, but how big of a factor depends on when he can return to the mound and if he's able to show the same lefty-killing stuff he showed before the surgery with the Dodgers.
Rodriguez was placed on the 60-day DL on Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The move is just a roster formality, as Rodriguez has already been ruled out for the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late September.
Braves pitcher Paco Rodriguez (elbow) will miss the entirety of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Rodriguez's surgery went unannounced for a little while, but the young hurler has now been ruled out for next season already. When healthy, Rodriguez could be an option for the Braves' starting rotation, but it's unclear how long it will be before that's the case.
Relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez is not expected to join the Braves' bullpen this season, according to MLB.com.
The Braves have sent starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo, as well as closer Jim Johnson to the Dodgers in a three-way trade that brought several prospects. Atlanta gets infielder Hector Olivera, left-hander Paco Rodriguez and right-hander Zachary Bird from Los Angeles, as well as the Marlins' competitive-balance draft pick in 2016. The prizes in the trade are Olivera and Rodriguez. The former is batting .348 at Triple-A Olahoma City this season while the latter pitched in 18 games for the Dodgers earlier this year and recorded a 2.61 ERA. Bird has struggled throughout his minor league career, but does have 95 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this year for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami.