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D'backs Claim Santos Rodriguez Off Waivers

The Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed LHP Santos Rodriguez off waivers from the Chicago White Sox according to General Manager Kevin Towers. Rodriguez, 25 combined to go 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 33 relief appearances with Double A Birmingham and Triple A Charlotte during the 2013 season. Despite his high ERA, there are some good signs for this young lefthander. In 2013, he limited his opponents to a .204 batting average against and he averaged 11.5 strikeouts per 9 innings.

According to the D’backs’ press release, “The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder has gone 11-10 with 21 saves, a 3.63 ERA (125 ER in 309.2 IP) and 368 strikeouts in 195 games (7 starts) in the Atlanta Braves’ (2007-08) and White Sox (2009-13) organizations. Rodriguez was originally signed as a Minor League free agent by the Braves on Sept. 28, 2006, and traded to the White Sox in a six-player deal on Dec. 5, 2008.”

The D’backs are trying to set their 40 man roster before Spring Training which begins in less than a month. The roster is now at 39.

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