Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves.
Rodriguez, 36, is coming off of two disappointing seasons in Pittsburgh that saw him make just 18 starts over the past two seasons as he was hampered by knee and forearm injuries.
Before he was besieged by the injury bug, Rodriguez had been a reliable mid-rotation starter with Houston and Pittsburgh posting a 3.48 ERA, 1.282 WHIP, and a 807/300 K/BB ratio while averaging 187 innings per season from 2008-2012.
He reportedly had a deal in place with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this off-season, but failed the physical. Apparently, the bar for “health” is set much lower in Atlanta.
Rodriguez is expected to compete for the fifth spot in Atlanta’s rotation this spring.