Wandy Rodriguez penciled into No. 4 spot in Braves’ rotation

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Wandy Rodriguez, who is starting Friday night’s Grapefruit League match-up with the Marlins, has been penciled into the No. 4 spot in the Braves’ starting rotation, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Eric Stults, Cody Martin, and Mike Foltynewicz are competing for the fifth and final spot.

Rodriguez, 36, made only six starts and posted a 6.75 ERA last season before going on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee. He underwent surgery on his knee in late June, ending his season.

Rodriguez had originally signed with the Phillies on a minor league deal in December, but failed a physical. The Braves swooped in and signed him to a minor league deal in mid-January. So far this spring, Rodriguez has allowed one run on six hits with a 5/5 K/BB ratio in eight innings.

Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz win arbitration cases

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the players picked up three arbitration victories thanks to Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz. Each player was arbitration-eligible for the first time.

The players have now won four of 10 arbitration cases thus far. Historically, teams have won the majority of arbitration cases and that continues to be the case this year. However, at least today’s results move the needle back towards the middle.

Aguilar filed for $2.575 million while the Marlins countered at $2.325 million.

Goodwin filed for $2.2 million; the Angels $1.85 million.

Díaz $2.6 million, Astros $2 million.

There are three arbitration cases remaining, two of which belong to the Phillies (J.T. Realmuto, Héctor Neris). The Diamondbacks have the other with Archie Bradley.