The Nationals announced that they have traded Henry Rodriguez to the Cubs in exchange for fellow right-hander Ian Dickson. The Nats designated Rodriguez for assignment last week in order to make room on the roster for Anthony Rendon.
Rodriguez, 26, has a 4.23 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 6.1 BB/9 across parts of five big league seasons with the A's and Nats. He pitched 18 innings in relief for Washington this season, posting a 4.00 ERA with eleven strikeouts and 16 walks. While he has yet to find sustained success in the big leagues, Rodriguez has impressed with a 100 mph fastball in recent outings.
Dickson, 22, was taken in the 35th round of the 2011 draft by the Cubs. The youngster has a 6.88 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in three starts and eight relief appearances for Chicago's Single-A affiliate this year.