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.