The White Sox have signed reliever Henry Rodriguez to a minor league contract, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports. Rodriguez was released by the Marlins on Thursday after walking five batters and allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings over two appearances in the major leagues. He had posted a 4.26 ERA with a 41/38 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings with Triple-A New Orleans.
Rodriguez, 27, has been well-traveled, having spent time with the Athletics, Nationals, Cubs, and Marlins. He has flashed good swing-and-miss stuff thanks to a fastball that sits in the mid-to-high 90’s, but has never been able to harness his control. In 150 1/3 career innings at the big league level, Rodriguez has walked 107.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.