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Cubs acquire reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals

Jun 12, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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Patrick Mooney of reports that the Cubs have acquired hard-throwing right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals in exchange for minor league pitcher Ian Dickson.

Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Nats last week after walking 16 batters over his first 18 innings. He has an exciting arm but has struggled with his command in the bigs — currently holding a 4.23 career ERA and 1.48 career WHIP.

Dickson, a 6-foot-5 22-year-old, was a 35th-round pick of the Cubs in 2011. He has a 6.88 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 32/15 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings of relief this season at the Single-A level.

  1. duckthefodgers - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:41 AM


  2. Sports King of this world - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Yeah like this will turn your miserable season around lol

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Man, when this guy can find the strike zone, he is awesome. Sadly, even with good maps and GPS, he can’t seem to locate it as often as his team would like.

    • natslady - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      PFB (Pretty Friggin’ Bueno) is what McCatty called him early last year when he was killing them with 100 mph FBs and a devastating slider. But SO wild!!! Kept him off-and-on the DL, got some chips removed from his elbow, tried low-leverage situations–nothing worked.

      Good luck to ya, Henry. I know you tried hard. Maybe the “change of scenery” will help. You and Marmol in the same bullpen–whew!

      • voteforno6 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Let’s not forget how Henry almost hit himself with his own pitch. That was almost as funny as the time he cause the fan to spill beer all over himself.

  4. drone501 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    the dodgers is dead

  5. DiscountMescan - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    With the way their bullpen is pitching I’d be turning over ever rock I came across. It’s a freaking disservice to their starting rotation, other than Jackson.

  6. filthymcnasty1smom - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Carlos Marmol Jr. … ¡Ay Caramba!

  7. jb8588 - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Man…I can’t imagine how low I would feel if I were in Henry’s shoes after being traded for a relief pitcher with an almost 7 ERA in single-A ball.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Like the deal of the year maybe?

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