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henry rodriguez nationalsThe verdict is in: the reliever dumped to make room for the 13th position player (newly-claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie) is Henry Rodriguez, per Carrie Muskat.

Although he was worth picking up in a minor trade from the Nationals earlier this year thanks to the live arm and raw ability that you can’t teach, the problems that led to Rodriguez being dumped by the Nats in the first place persisted (i.e., he walked four in four innings, and didn’t have great command). Dale Sveum never seemed to trust him (he’s been with the Cubs over a month and has pitched just five times), and now the Cubs will figure out what they’re going to do with him. The designation for assignment was required because Rodriguez was out of options – in other words, this is about the 25-man spot, not the 40-man spot (which the Cubs already had available for Gillespie – meaning this move takes things down to 39).

The Cubs will have 10 days to trade, release, or waive Rodriguez, but you can expect they’ll try and get him through waivers. He’s worth keeping in the organization, and maybe the Cubs can work some magic on him at AAA Iowa. In some ways, this may have always been the plan when Rodriguez was picked up in the first place.

  • Josh t

    There’s no way he makes it through waivers. Hopefully we can ink a trade instead of having someone pick him up. If he could squeak through waivers that be great though

    • cubchymyst

      Maybe the Cubs can grab some international money as well as a prospect. Its been awhile since we’ve heard they were favorite to land a few players and I don’t think either has signed yet.

  • another JP

    Roster decisions are becoming more difficult every day. Good problem to have really and hopefully Rodriguez can end up at Iowa. I wouldn’t want to have a bat in my hand facing Arrieta and Rodriguez.

    • Josh t

      You wouldn’t even want to be in the batters box against them. Batter is scared to bc they don’t want to get hit by a pitch. I swear sometimes when you watch arieta and Rodriguez when the ball leaves their hand you don’t and they don’t know where the heck the balls going. They got awesome arms but their control is pretty terrible. I think Rodriguez pretty much is who is but I have faith arieta to learn how to have at average command bc of his athletism and ability to repeat his delivery

      • ssckelley

        That is because of the movement on his fastball. A 100 mph fast ball can be hit when it is thrown straight, but a 100 mph fastball with movement is something special.

  • fromthemitten

    Give Johnson a chance to see if he can fix his mechanics. Sveum did a terrible job giving him work because he’s an awful bullpen manager.

    • Josh t

      Agreed. I really think Rodriguez needs consistent opportunities to pitch at Iowa to learn to refine his craft and try and find control. I don’t blame Sveum though for not giving him opportunities with the big league club bc you literally can’t trust him in a hold situation. Just about the only time he could put him in was when the game was a blowout or out of reach

  • Brian Peters

    mlbtr’s saying garza has been notified that he’s most likely being traded (not that we didn’t know that already)….lol

  • Assman22

    Strong possibility Garza will be on another team in the next 7 hours…all-star break moratorium begins at 12 EST…

    • cubchymyst

      Will need to watch for the Good-bye hugs during the game if Garza is not traded by then.

  • Assman22

    Indians given permission to speak with Garza’s agent about extension…

    • Cerambam

      Does an extension help possible return ?

      • Jp3

        I would definitely think so.

        • Jono

          Really?

      • ssckelley

        Absolutely, if the team trading for him thinks they can extend him then they would be more willing to trade prospects.

        • Jono

          Seriously?

      • Rebuilding

        You would think so. Rental vs. Control. The Indians have always made the most sense since Garza would prob become their #1

        • DarthHater

          I don’t know if rental vs. control makes very much difference. The Cubs own the rights to Garza until the end of this season. Since that’s all they own, that’s all they have to sell. A rational trading partner won’t pay the Cubs for something that the Cubs don’t own. However, a less-than-perfectly-rational trading partner might be slightly more willing to meet the Cubs’ asking price, if they know they’re getting back more than a short rental.

          • Rebuilding

            I hear what you are saying, but think its more of a psychological thing. If you know that a guy is going to be around longer than 3 months then you can probably justify a higher price in your mind. I’m not saying its necessarily rational, but we are dealing with humans

            • Jono

              For reals?

              • Rebuilding

                Was that at me? Not sure what you mean

              • Jono

                Yea, but im kind of joking around. I expressed that same opinion before and everyone shot me down. I completely agree with you

            • Eternal Pessimist

              But that is assuming that Garza is willing to give a better deal (years or $’s) to the receiving team than the Cubs…unlikely, but I guess he might really want to go to Cleveland, but have the security of a 3-4-5 year deal more than a 3 year deal with Chicago. But Cleveland? Really?

    • Jono

      Teams don’t extend rentals….what? Who said that?

    • Ivy Walls

      Bauer and possibly Salazar and a catcher…wonder if they through in Vitters and or BJaz

    • figgelbert

      Cliff lippert broke this at 3 18
      said he got it from a blog scource

    • aCubsFan

      That’s surprising since Sports Illustrated states Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago is reporting Blue Jays and Rangers are leading the race for Garza.

    • terencemann

      Every time assman22 posts, God kills a kitten.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    so, what do you see the Cubs getting?

    • Rebuilding

      I think you get Bauer, Paulino and a lottery ticket arm

      • Rebuilding

        Maybe Chen Lee?

      • TheoHoyer

        Why would they trade for Paulino? I’m thinking Danny Salazar. Not sure they give up on Bauer yet.

        • Ivy Walls

          not coachable

        • Rebuilding

          I doubt anyone is off limits. The Indians have a legit chance to win that division and get The Jac rocking again. Paulino has struggled this year for sure, but was one of the Top 5 talents in IFA a year ago

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Bauer and Salazar? That would be a stunningly good return.

        Bauer alone would be beyond huge. There are only a handful of pitchers in all the minors with the raw stuff to become legitimate, no doubt about it aces… and Bauer is one of them. Package that talent with the Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator and one of the best pitching coaches in the game today Derek Johnson, and a small dose of completely irrational exuberant optimism can be excused.

        • Rebuilding

          ^^^Exactly right, Luke. These kind of arms only become available when there has been a hiccup along the way. We would have all had a BN-gasm (trademark pending) 6 months ago if Bauer would have even been mentioned for Garza

          • Andrew

            I think to realistically talk about Bauer coming over we’d have to be thinking about one of Lake/Vitters/Baez maybe going with Garza, and then you’d want to see Bauer + a good-not-great second.

            • Jono

              garza+vitters for bauer? Yes, please

            • Rebuilding

              You lost me at Baez. I wil guarantee you Javier Baez will not be part of a flip for prospects deal

            • Jono

              Garza+lake for bauer? Yes, please.

              Garza+baez for bauer? Eh, that’s not so obvious where my novice baseball mind could evaluate

              • Rebuilding

                If they trade either Baez or Lake in a Garza deal the whole FO should be fired immediately. That’s not happening. We have what people want, not the other way around

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                  Fired for trading Lake? Not sure I follow the logic there. Lake isn’t anywhere remotely near the same class of prospect as Baez.

                  • Rebuilding

                    Why would we be including high upside prospects in any deal? I would take Lake over any positional prospect in the Indians system outside of Lindor. Lake just turned 23, can play multiple positions, is OPSing over 800 in AAA and by all accounts may just be scratching the surface. If that’s sweetener then count me out

                    • Andrew

                      Because they tend to get high upside returns (ie, good pitching)

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                      I’m not saying Lake would or should be included. But I don’t see his inclusion in a deal automatic grounds the dismissal of the front office. Lake is a nice prospect, but he is by no means untouchable.

                    • Rebuilding

                      And who would that be in the Indians system. The trade was presented as Garza/Lake for Bauer, which is silly

                    • Rebuilding

                      Never said he was untouchable. Just not needed at this point. Lake is exactly what we are looking for. Talk about a haunting…Lake could be out of baseball in 3 years or be an All-Star. No one has any idea what Lake is…just the kind of lottery ticket we are trading for, not away

                    • Kyle

                      OPSing barely over .800 in PCL isn’t really a sign that a guy is going to tear up the majors. That barely projects to a decent reserve outfielder.

                      At his age, he could still improve, but the Lake train probably needs to slow down quite a bit. He’s basically a slightly more athletic Josh Vitters right now.

                  • Jono

                    Maybe im not underestimating lake that much, afterall? Ill go with Luke’s opinion here, although I respect Rebuilding’s views a lot, too. I gotta go with the expert

                    • Rebuilding

                      I love Luke’s stuff. Thought the Top 40 was great other than Ha being too high, but we both get paid the same for our opinions

                    • Rebuilding

                      And Cabrera is too low. You don’t teach that kind of stuff. Legitimate chance he breaks camp next year as our 5th starter. Otherwise, good work

                • Andrew

                  Garza + Lake for Bauer plus a good-not-great fielder would be a good deal in my book. Vitters as well. I’d hate to see Baez go, but he is one hell of a trade piece if it ever came up that we needed pitching and he wouldnt be a huge upgrade. And considering we have Castro at short and Bryant as a future 3B, that could absolutely happen.

                • Jono

                  Yea, lake is a top 10 in the cubs system. I seem to underestimate him a lot. Baez, for sure. I was trying to be diplomatic in rejecting that idea, but yea, no way

            • King Jeff

              I think the opposite. Bauer is a nice piece, but I think the Cubs get Bauer+ for Garza.

  • Jason

    Bauer/Gomes/Lovegrove fo Garza/Navarro?

    Does this make any sense?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      At a glance I’m not a fan of Lovegrove, but I’d pull the trigger on that package anyway.

      • Rebuilding

        Lovegrove was ranked 152nd in last year’s draft. Has the right size. Sits around 92 with decent secondaries

    • Rebuilding

      A lot of sense

  • Deacon

    I think I missed it. What exactly is assman’s source? Or is it a secret?

    • baldtaxguy

      He has a very good track record of providing info that turns out. I’d leave it at that.

      • X the Cubs Fan

        Agreed I think he’s part of the FO.(:

  • figgelbert

    i like Mitch Brown.
    I think he projects like P.Johnson/maybe better

    Baur and Brown would be a great package

  • Assman22

    Another team given permission to speak with Garza’s agent…

    • Cerambam

      Ahhh! I WANT MOAR

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    is it the Cardinals?

    • X the Cubs Fan

      Nevermind I want it to be the Cards. Martinez, Rosenthal and Wisdom

      • Rebuilding

        Goodness…I hope so. Martinez might be the best MLB ready arm in the minors and Rosenthal is one of the best set-up men in the league now. Not a chance

        • X the Cubs Fan

          with the extension id have to think its not that far enough.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Blue Jays perhaps? I want Sanchez.

    • YourResidentJag

      It would be nice. Maybe Kevin Gregg is also in the deal.

  • john

    abty over at psd reported about two teams being granted permission to speak with garza’s agent a couple of hours ago. he didn’t specify teams, but the premise matches up.

    • X the Cubs Fan

      psd?

      • Rebuilding

        Pro Sports Daily. Sometimes worth the trouble

  • Clown caller

    Assman22 is at it again! Stop posting BS just to get people to talk to you. If you want to talk to someone go see a shrink.

    • Cyranojoe

      Despite the ridiculous username, he’s got a track record. What’ve you got?

      • YourResidentJag

        He’s got a clown as a source….didn’t you see?

  • YourResidentJag

    According SI.com, Rangers and Blue Jays are frontrunners for Garza.

  • Clown caller

    Got your mom joe!

  • TonyE

    Mlbtraderumors reported it. Assman is right

    • Deacon

      I don’t see on MLBTR the piece about two teams being given right to talk contract extension. Link?

  • Bsteady

    I would much rather of kept him off waivers. But let’s get Jair Jurrjens since he’s DFA’d.

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