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Fernando Rodriguez (born June 18, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Houston Astros, and Oakland Athletics. Rodriguez throws and bats right-handed, and is listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and 235 pounds (107 kg). He made his MLB debut in May 2009.

Fernando Rodriguez
Fernando Rodriguez on August 14, 2015.jpg
Rodriguez with the Oakland Athletics
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1984-06-18) June 18, 1984 (age 35)
El Paso, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 2009, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record11–15
Earned run average4.35
Rodriguez pitching for the Houston Astros in 2012



Los Angeles AngelsEdit

Rodriguez was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 11th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft, and signed with the club on June 25, 2003. He played in the Angels' farm system from 2003 through 2010. He made his major league debut against the New York Yankees on May 2, 2009, at Yankee Stadium, pitching ​23 of an inning in relief, giving up three runs (two earned) on a hit and two walks;[1] it was his only MLB appearance with the Angels. Rodriguez became a free agent on November 6, 2010.

Houston AstrosEdit

Rodriguez signed with the Houston Astros on November 10, 2010. He was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks. On May 17, 2011, Rodriguez was called up by the Astros.[2] He made his first appearance with the team on May 28, and would go on to appear in 47 games during the season, recording a 3.96 ERA and 2–3 record. In 2012, Rodriguez made 71 appearances with Houston, registering a 2–10 record with 5.37 ERA.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

In February 2013, the Astros traded Rodriguez and Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Athletics for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi.[3] Rodriguez had season-ending Tommy John surgery on March 28, and missed the entire 2013 season.[4]

Rodriguez signed a one-year contract with the Athletics for 2014, avoiding arbitration.[5] However, he was designated for assignment by the A's on December 18, 2013, only a couple weeks after signing the deal, removing him from the 40-man roster to allow for pitcher Eury De La Rosa to be added from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rodriguez was ultimately assigned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, re-added to the 40-man roster, and made seven MLB appearances for Oakland during the 2014 season, recording an ERA of 1.00 in seven appearances.

In 2015, Rodriguez made 56 appearances with the A's, pitching to a 4–2 record with 3.84 ERA in 56 relief appearances. In 2016, he made 34 relief appearances, with a 4.20 ERA and 2–0 record. Rodriguez was sent outright to Triple-A after the 2016 season, and elected to become a free agent.[6]

Chicago CubsEdit

In December 2016, Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[7] He was assigned to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs for 2017. He was released on July 17, after making nine appearances with a 3.09 ERA.

Boston Red SoxEdit

Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox in August 2017. He made two appearances with the GCL Red Sox late in the season. For the 2018 season, Rodriguez was assigned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.

San Diego PadresEdit

On January 24, 2019, Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres. He was released on June 2, 2019.


  1. ^ "Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees – Recap – May 02, 2009 – ESPN". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  2. ^ Astros send struggling Abad to AAA, call up Fernando Rodriguez, Houston Chronicle, May 17, 2011.
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  4. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (March 14, 2013). "Fernando Rodriguez to undergo Tommy John Surgery". Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Twitter / Athletics: #Athletics agree to terms with RHP Fernando Rodriguez on a one-year contract leaving eight arbitration eligible players... (1/2)
  6. ^ Hall, Alex (October 7, 2016). "Oakland A's roster moves: Eric Sogard, Jarrod Parker, 4 others head to free agency". Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 24, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Dec. 10-22". Retrieved December 24, 2016.

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