The Braves made another roster move on Monday afternoon, claiming right-handed pitcher Dereck Rodríguez off of waivers from the Twins. In a corresponding move, Kyle Wright has been transferred to the 60-day IL.
The #Braves today claimed RHP Dereck Rodríguez off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. To make room on the 40-man roster, Atlanta transferred RHP Kyle Wright to the 60-day injured list.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 15, 2023
The Braves need to add pitching depth, so we can expect several more of these moves consistently over the next couple of months when guys become available.
Rodriguez once looked like a promising young starter in the league. He came up in 2018 with the Giants and recorded a 2.81 ERA across 21 appearances (19 starts). However, his 3.73 FIP suggested it was a bit of fool’s gold, and that showed itself in 2019 when he posted a 5.64 ERA across 28 appearances (16 starts).
That was the last year Rodriguez spent a bulk of his time in the majors. He only has five MLB appearances since 2020, recording a 7.30 ERA and 9.39 WHIP. Unfortunately, his numbers in AAA don’t exactly scream a comeback is in the making either. He posted a 6.72 ERA in 2021, 4.75 ERA in 2022, and has a 4.66 ERA over 19.1 AAA innings this season. The Braves have to continue to search for bodies that could potentially eat innings, but I don’t see Rodriguez being the answer.
The move to transfer Kyle Wright to the 60-day IL was expected. He’s going to miss at least two months, and there’s a chance he might not even return, which is another reason the Braves are going to keep adding as many arms as possible in the time being.
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