The Atlanta Braves are adding another candidate for their fifth starter’s job, as they have signed veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training camp.
Rodriguez will battle Manny Banuelos, David Hale and Chien-Ming Wang for the fifth starter’s position. Cody Martin is another name to keep in mind, and the Braves have hinted around that reliever James Russell may got a shot as well.
Reports surfaced a few weeks ago that Rodriguez had agreed to a similar deal with the Phillies, but he evidently failed a physical. The deal with the Braves reportedly calls for Rodriguez to get $2 million if he makes the big league roster.
Rodriguez is pitching in the Dominican Winter League. He’s made two starts and has allowed only one run on two hits in seven innings, with two walks and six strikeouts.
Rodriguez turns 36 years old this Sunday. From 2008 through 2012, a five-year span, Rodriguez was a very effective left-handed pitcher for the Houston Astros. He was 57-55 with a 3.48 ERA. Rodriguez was traded to Pittsburgh at the end of the 2012 season and has battled injuries his last two seasons in Pittsburgh.
Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller, Alex Wood and Mike Minor will be the top four starters for the Braves.
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