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Chicago Cubs: Six pitchers cut from spring roster

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Mar 4, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; A general view batting helmets for the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; A general view batting helmets for the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Fernando Rodriguez

Fernando Rodriguez is another veteran pitcher who signed with the Cubs in the offseason. Rodriguez has had an interesting career but has spent six years in the big leagues. During that time, he has pitched for the Dodgers, Astros, and Athletics, compiling an 11-15 record with a 4.23 ERA in 216 career appearances.

At 32, Rodriguez was looking for a full-time gig with the Cubs but that is not going to happen. With the A’s last season, he was 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched. He definitely could be a very valuable asset for a big league bullpen. The problem is the Cubs bullpen is full. He is a good depth option, though.

I, personally, don’t see Rodriguez staying with the organization. He likely wants to explore his options elsewhere and be granted free agency. With the Cubs cutting him so early into spring training, they likely are giving him that opportunity to pitch elsewhere. He did not appear in any games during the spring.

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