Henry Rodriguez signs with Miami, returns to NL East

Henry Rodriguez signs with Miami, returns to NL East
January 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Former Nationals relief pitcher Henry Rodriguez is headed back to the National League East.

The flamethrower has signed a minor league deal to join the Miami Marlins after finishing last year with the Cubs. He's back in the division and, given the Marlins' current bullpen, could actually make the team. He has an invite to big league camp next month with a chance at a roster spot.

The Nats designated Rodriguez for assignment in June after a series of late-game implosions. The guy can throw heat, sometimes touching over 100 on the radar gun, but command of the strike zone often escapes him. In 2011 he led the majors with 14 wild pitches and had ten the following season.

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Rodriguez' tendency to be wild could make it interesting in Miami as, if you remember, they have a fish tank behind home plate at Marlins Park. They have already had to answer to animal rights activists about the live fish in there, just imagine when Henry takes the mound.

Just the thought of it already has Mark worried: