From the Wire … Cubs Acquire Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals, DFA Eduardo Sanchez

The Cubs added a big arm to the bullpen mix on Tuesday night. The Cubs acquired RHP Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals for minor league right-hander Ian Dickson. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated Eduardo Sanchez for assignment.

Henry Rodriguez was 0-1 in 17 games for the Nationals this season with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP before the Nationals designated Rodriguez for assignment on June 4. Rodriguez can bring the heat but has struggled with his command throughout his career. Rodriguez struck out 11 batters in 18 innings but walked 16 and uncorked two wild pitches. When the Nationals designated Rodriguez for assignment last week, this seemed like a move the Cubs would make.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players with the two roster moves made on Tuesday night.

The Cubs dealt right-hander Ian Dickson to the Nationals for Rodriguez. The Cubs selected the 22-year old in the 35th round of the 2011 draft. Dickson was 2-2 in 11 games, three starts, this season for Kane County with a 6.88 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated recently acquired Eduardo Sanchez for assignment. The Cubs picked Sanchez up off waivers from the Cardinals on May 21. Sanchez struggled in six games with Iowa and posted a 0-1 record with a 9.82 ERA and a 2.32 WHIP (seven strikeouts, seven walks and 10 hits allowed in 7 1/3 innings).

Henry Rodriguez’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Ian Dickson’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Eduardo Sanchez’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Henry Rodriguez will likely take Zach Putnam’s spot in the Cubs’ pen. Zach Putnam left Tuesday’s game with pain in his right elbow. Putnam has had problems with bone spurs in his elbow in the past and said his right elbow felt like it was on fire. Putnam is scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday.

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  • paulcatanese

    As I had posted earlier, Putnam will go on the DL, but Rodriguez is a surprise to me, I thought for sure they would have brought Camp back up, even tomorrow.
    Still expect it though with the next DL the Cubs have.

  • calicub

    I like the move. I hope we can hold onto sanchez but losing Dickson doesn’t seem too high a price.. Sure, the pen gets alittle wilder, which wont help the late inning loses, but the guy can touch triple digits, he just needs to harness his command

  • Leeeee

    Again?

  • Tony_Hall

    This guy can throw hard and is well worth a shot to see if a different pitching coach can get this guy to throw more strikes.

  • Alex Arias

    This is not the first time that the Cubs acquired a Henry Rodriguez from Expos/Nationals, in 1998 got OF Henry Rodriguez .

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      O Henry! I liked that guy…

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    How old is Rodriguez?

    • Rich Hood

      26

  • Rich Hood

    This move shows how much faith they have in Johnson and Bosio to be able to fix power arms. If they are correct in these assessment we may have just found a very good reliever. Remember last year Bosio did a heck of a job with Marmol the second half.

    • Ray Ray

      How’s Casey Weathers doing?

      • Rich Hood

        You can find Casey Weathers type mistakes in every organization. That trade was horrible in general.

        • Ray Ray

          I know. Just pointing out another guy who couldnt hit the broad side of a barn. I don’t have a problem with giving Henry Rodriguez a shot. They have zero to lose. We will more than likely never hear from Ian Dickson again.

          • 07GreyDigger

            If we even heard from him at all.

  • 07GreyDigger

    There has to be a stat somewhere about a team having two players with the same first and last name.

  • DWalker

    I guess I’ll be the negative one this time. Don’t we have enough wild throwers with command issues? Maybe a change of scenery and new pitching coach will straighten him out, but I am not holding my breath that this isn’t one more shrug move. Oh, it was probably an ok trade, but I don’t expect anything much out of it. Now, maybe he’ll prove me wrong.

  • Ray Ray

    On a day where much of the news was off the field with the Ian Stewart suspension, the 2 players the Cubs traded for him were having a good night for the Rockies.
    Tyler Colvin was 2-4 with 2 HR’s against the Nats.
    DJ Lemahieu was also 2-4

    In other news, Andrew Cashner went 8 innings for the win against a tough Braves lineup.
    8IP 2ER 1BB and 5K’s

    As I have said before, the Rizzo for Cashner trade was not a slam dunk win for the Cubs. Cashner is proving that he is a very good starting pitcher. He has gone 6 plus innings in almost all of his starts this year.

    • 07GreyDigger

      In other news Anthony Rizzo is leading the team in HR, RBI, tied with walks, 2nd in WAR. He’s no Cashner. That’s for sure.

      • Ray Ray

        No offense GreyDigger but that is like saying that you are the best swimmer that was on the Titantic. And….if you think Rizzo is having a great year, I have some real estate to sell you. I have pointed out his stats ad nauseum. Look at RISP. Look at what he hits 0-1, 0-2, 1-2, 2-2. Look what he hits against LHP. I like Rizzo…I really do, but I do not think he is special and this team needs a Cashner a lot more than they do a Rizzo.

        • 07GreyDigger

          They need both. I’ll agree there. Think about how awful this offense would be without Rizzo and maybe a Bryan LaHair. Brrr. I shudder thinking about it.

      • Ray Ray

        No offense GreyDigger but that is like saying that you are the best swimmer that was on the Titantic. And….if you think Rizzo is having a great year, I have some real estate to sell you. I have pointed out his stats ad nauseum. Look at RISP. Look at what he hits 0-1, 0-2, 1-2, 2-2. Look what he hits against LHP. I like Rizzo…I really do, but I do not think he is special and this team needs a Cashner a lot more than they do a Rizzo.

    • K_Gripp

      Nothing wrong with a win-win trade. I think both FO’s and fans would make the trade again.

  • Ray Ray

    Just looked up Rodriguez’s numbers for the last couple of years and besides the obvious high number of walks…
    2011 14 WP in 65 IP
    2012 10 WP in 29.1 IP

    Good thing we have Navarro and Castillo to block all those pitches. Lol

    • paulcatanese

      Like Jaws, Navarro and Castillo have said “gotta get a bigger glove”:)

      • Ray Ray

        maybe Navarro and Castillo can borrow Corey Crawford’s goalie gear after the BlackHawks finish winning the Stanley Cup

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