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Fri, 24 Jun 2005 12:00:18 -0700
Diamondbacks.MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports the Arizona Diamondbacks signed Cuban defector P Maels Rodriguez to an undisclosed contract. Rodriguez defected in November 2003, but failed to impress scouts after a shoulder injury robbed him of his 100-mph fastball.
Wed, 02 Mar 2005 09:31:27 -0800
The Baltimore Sun's Roch Kubatko reports Cuban defector P Maels Rodriguez hasn't pitched in two years after defecting from Cuba and suffering an injury. A pulled muscle near his rib cage has led Rodriguez to lower his elbow and lose velocity and movement. He still isn't close to throwing at his normal speed. "He was one of the best pitchers in the whole world," Baltimore Orioles scout Chu Halabi said. "His fastball is always around 96, 97. He has a great curveball. He's a great competitor. And he's a legitimate 25 years old. He's the real, real deal. We might be lucky."
Wed, 02 Mar 2005 09:25:55 -0800
The Baltimore Sun's Roch Kubatko reports the Baltimore Orioles worked out Cuban defector pitchers Maels Rodriguez and Jose Rodriguez. Maels was a hot prospect last offseason but interest thinned due to a shoulder injury. "At this point, we've had multiple teams inquire about Maels and some also about Jose. They've all expressed interest in working out both brothers," agent Barry Praver said.
Fri, 23 Jan 2004 22:50:47 -0800
The Boston Herald reports the Boston Red Sox are unlikely to sign Cuban free-agent P Maels Rodriguez, as he underwhelmed the team during his El Salvador tryout on Thursday.
Fri, 23 Jan 2004 08:06:48 -0800
The AP's Marcos Aleman reports free agent SP Maels Rodriguez proved his arm was healthy in a recent workout but did not top 90 mph despite reports that he could get his fastball up to 100 mph.
Thu, 22 Jan 2004 08:41:27 -0800
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Seattle Mariners will have their chief Latin American scout, Bob Engle, and former general manager Pat Gillick on hand Thursday, Jan. 22, in San Salvador when Cuban defector P Maels Rodriguez throws for big-league scouts.
Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:07:47 -0800
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Texas Rangers will send two scouts to El Salvador for Cuban P Maels Rodriguez's workout Thursday, Jan. 22. Rodriguez defected from Cuba late last year and was recently granted free agency by Major League Baseball. But Rangers assistant general manager Grady Fuson isn't sure how strong the club's interest is. "We're not going down there with the intention of signing this guy," Fuson said. "We're going down there with the intention of scouting him, just like any other guy who's a free agent."
Mon, 19 Jan 2004 11:44:58 -0800
Jeff Horrigan, of the Boston Herald, reports free agent P Maels Rodriguez, who defected from Cuba in October, is expected to audition for big league scouts in El Salvador on Thursday, Jan. 22, and the Boston Red Sox plan to be on hand. The 24-year-old was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last week after establishing legal residency in El Salvador. "We'll have guys there to watch him but that's all I'll say,'' Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. Rodriguez's fastball has reportedly reached 100 mph in the past, but Cuban officials said after his defection that he'd lost up to 15 mph last year.
Wed, 14 Jan 2004 09:03:56 -0800
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's John Hickey reports Cuban-defector SP Maels Rodriguez (pronounced "Miles") will audition for MLB scouts Thursday, Jan. 22, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Rodriguez, 24, is the only pitcher in Cuban baseball since Fidel Castro's rise to power to throw a perfect game and has a fastball that has been clocked at 100 mph.
Sat, 01 Nov 2003 09:52:55 -0800
ESPN.com reports Cuban National Team P Maels Rodriguez was reported missing by authorities Saturday, Nov. 1. Rodriguez, 24, set the single-season strikeout record in Cuba with 263 in 178 1/3 innings three years ago. This season, he was 8-3 in 113 innings with 117 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.11. Cuban officials left him off the Pan American Games and Olympic qualifying teams, blaming arm and back injuries for the loss of 15 mph off his fastball. "I want to play the best baseball, and that's in the United States," Rodriguez said. "It's a difficult step because you know how things are in Cuba. So when Yobal (Duenas) and I made this decision, it was the most important one in our careers."