Rodriguez exercised an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract with the Orioles last week, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.
Rodriguez is officially a free agent and will likely look to land another minor-league deal with another organization. The 26-year-old made 33 appearances for Triple-A Norfolk this season, posting a 4.56 ERA and 52:18 K:BB in 49.1 innings.
The Orioles reassigned Rodriguez to their minor-league camp Sunday, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Rodriguez turned some heads during spring training with a 0.87 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 10.1 innings, but there wasn't enough space on the roster for the Orioles to justify keeping him on their Opening Day roster. Instead, the Orioles will opt to retain Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes as their second lefty out of the bullpen behind Richard Bleier.
Rodriguez was invited to Baltimore's big-league camp as a non-roster invitee, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez threw at the Triple-A level as well as in the Show during the 2017 season, but struggled at both. In the majors, he owned a 6.33 ERA and 1.93 WHIP as a member of the Phillies' bullpen. He was then traded to the Rangers, where he had very similar results and threw to the tune of a 6.33 ERA and 1.81 WHIP at Triple-A Round Rock.
Rodriguez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Rodriguez struggled with the Phillies last season before being designated for assignment, posting a 6.33 ERA across 27 innings and recording nearly as many walks (15) as strikeouts (18). He didn't do much better after getting scooped up by the Rangers, compiling a similar 6.33 ERA and 21:18 K:BB across 27 innings with Triple-A Round Rock before being DFA'd again. The 26-year-old has seen time in the majors each of the past two seasons.
Rodriguez was designated for assignment Friday.
The Rangers needed to clear room on the 40-man roster for some September additions, and Rodriguez was a casualty. He posted a 6.33 ERA in 27 innings for Triple-A Round Rock after getting dealt by the Phillies earlier this season.
The Rangers acquired Rodriguez from the Phillies on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Rather than taking their chances with waiting for Rodriguez to hit waivers, the Rangers were proactive in bringing aboard the 25-year-old left-hander, who was designated for assignment last week. The Rangers will assign Rodriguez to Triple-A Round Rock initially, but it might not be long before he gets a look with the big club, which ranks 27th in the majors in bullpen WAR (-0.1), per FanGraphs. Rodriguez amassed a 6.33 ERA and 1.93 WHIP over 27 innings during his 26 appearances with the Phillies prior to being dropped from their 40-man roster.
Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Rodriquez compiled an unimpressive 6.49 ERA and 17:13 K:BB across 26.1 innings out of the bullpen this season, prompting the Phillies to cast him off the 40-man roster. A corresponding roster move will likely be announced before Thursday's series finale against the Braves.
Rodriguez (1-2) allowed seven runs on six hits and two walks while recording just two outs during Thursday's loss to Texas.
The 25-year-old lefty had settled into a nice groove and entered the outing with just two earned runs allowed over his previous 14.2 innings for a 1.23 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. However, things went south in a hurry Thursday, and Rodriguez now sports a lackluster 6.97 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 5.7 K/9 through 20.2 innings for the campaign.
Rodriguez (1-0) picked up his first career win Sunday after facing two batters and retiring both (with one strikeout) in a 5-2 victory over the Braves.
Rodriguez has a 5.73 ERA after allowing seven runs over his first four games, but he's settled in, holding the opposition scoreless in his last five appearances. He has seen most of his work in the sixth and seventh innings, but Rodriguez will occasionally be asked to work the eighth inning, which was the case Sunday.
Rodriguez has earned a bullpen spot on the Opening Day roster, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.
Rodriguez had been in competition for one of the final roster spots, and will ultimately make the team as a lefty specialist in middle relief.
Rodriguez has a shot at earning a bullpen spot with the Phillies this spring, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Rodriguez got a taste of the majors last season, allowing three runs on eight hits over 9.2 innings while striking out seven and walking four. His 95.3 mph fastball gives him the potential to be a dominant lefty killer in the majors if he can command his pitches. The southpaw held lefties under a .200 batting average in the minors last season, but he didn't have quite the same level of success in his limited time in the majors. Rodriguez is competing with Cesar Ramos, Sean Burnett and possibly Adam Morgan for one of the two lefty reliever spots manager Pete Mackanin wants to have on his roster.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Rodriguez, Hector Neris, Edubray Ramos and Michael Mariot are in the mix for save chances with Jeanmar Gomez temporarily out of the closer's role, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Mackanin said he wants to give Gomez a break for the next couple of save chances. Rodriguez would likely only be used in a save chance if the Phillies are scheduled to face left-handed hitters in the ninth inning.
Rodriguez's contract was selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
The 24-year-old southpaw posted an impressive 2.35 ERA and 1.15 WHIP while fanning 69 over 76.2 innings between three levels of the minors this year. He will work in low-leverage spots over the final three weeks of the season and could earn a permanent spot in the big league bullpen in 2017.
The Phillies promoted Rodriguez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle reports.
A roster spot opened up with the promotion of Luis Garcia to Philadelphia. Rodriguez was 7-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 41:16 K:BB in 49 innings for Double-A Reading and held lefties to a .197 average. He could get a look in the Phillies' pen in September.
Rodriguez is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 32:12 K:BB in 32.2 innings of relief for Double-A Reading.
Rodriguez lost his 40-man roster spot in the winter after a terrible season in 2015, but he has turned things around this year. The Phillies made an adjustment to his arm slot and how his foot lands when he finishes his delivery and both moves seem to have paid off. Rodriguez has been particularly tough on lefties, who have hit just .162 with 13 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings. He could be promoted to Triple-A this summer and might even see time in the Phillies' pen later this year if he keeps pitching well.
Rodriguez was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.
Rodriguez was on the 40-man roster, but he struggled at the Triple-A level in 2015 to the tune of a 6.32 ERA and more walks than strikeouts in 68.1 innings. He was eventually demoted and ended the year at Double-A, but he should get another chance at the Triple-A level next season.
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|2011||ASX-State College Spikes||0||1||5.40||2||1||0||0||0||5.0||12||5||3||0||0||1||3|
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|2013||AFX-West Virginia Power||5||5||2.72||14||14||0||0||0||72.2||79||36||22||4||4||20||57|
|2015||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||2||6||6.32||13||13||1||0||0||68.1||89||48||48||3||1||37||33|
|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||5||4||5.90||19||8||0||0||0||61.0||73||41||40||8||0||20||41|
|2016||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||0||0||2.79||13||0||0||0||0||19.1||16||6||6||0||0||6||18|
|2016||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||7||0||2.57||33||0||0||0||2||49.0||46||18||14||3||0||16||41|