Rodriguez opted out of a minor league deal with Baltimore on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the Orioles in April but has not made any farm system starts since then. The 37-year-old's decision to opt out of his minor league deal gives him a chance to sign with a big league club that will give him an opportunity to pitch in the majors again. With 1,500 major league innings pitched under his belt, it seems likely the veteran lefty will get picked up by another organization that needs pitching depth.
Rodriguez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Friday, Rock Kubatko of MASN reports. Rodriguez has been out of work since being released by the Astros in early April, but he will join an Orioles team that is looking for some starting pitching depth in the minors. He started 15 games for the Rangers last season and has 263 major league starts under his belt, so the Orioles could decide to call him up if a spot opens up in the big league rotation.
Rodriguez has been informed he will not make the Astros' Opening Day roster, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports. Rodriguez has not been released by the Astros yet, but he will likely exercise an opt-out clause in his contract. Rodriguez had a 4.90 ERA in 86.1 innings for the Rangers and last posted an ERA below 4.00 in 2013. We'll see if there are any teams out there that still believe he has any magic left, but there's usually some team out there that could use another veteran arm.
Manager AJ Hinch said that Rodriguez is in consideration for the final roster spot, Howard Chen of CSN Houston reports. The other two competitors for the spot are James Hoyt and Michael Feliz. The left-hander has been solid this spring, posting a 0.92 WHIP and allowing only six runs in 13 spring innings, which could help him garner the last spot on the Astros roster.
Houston will have to make a decision whether Rodriguez will make the Opening Day roster by the end of the week, as the opt-out date of his minor league deal is approaching, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports. Rodriguez allowed one run on two hits with no walks and five strikeouts over four Grapefruit League innings Sunday against the Phillies, improving his spring ERA to 2.25 in four appearances (two starts). The 37-year-old has been impressive, but so have other southpaws Kevin Chapman (0.00 spring ERA), Edwar Cabrera (1.69) and Neil Cotts (3.38), all of whom are competing for a roster spot with the Astros.
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