On Thursday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have signed outfielder Todd Cunningham and right-handed pitcher Richard Rodriguez to minor league deals. Both players received invites to Major League Spring Training. We announced the Cunningham news here back on November 16th, with details of his signing in this link.
As for Rodriguez, the 27-year-old made his Major League debut this September with the Baltimore Orioles, throwing 5.2 innings over five relief appearances. He did not pitch well in his extremely limited time, allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits, including four home runs.
Rodriguez spent the better part of the season in Triple-A Norfolk, where he had a 2.42 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. He originally signed with the Houston Astros as...
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