Just two years after he was a Rookie of the Year candidate and breakout star for the Giants, Dereck Rodriguez's time with the organization could be over.
The Giants designated Rodriguez for assignment on Wednesday afternoon, opening up a roster spot for Joey Rickard, who adds a right-handed bat and solid defense to the outfield. They cleared a spot on the active roster by sending struggling right-hander Shaun Anderson to the alternate site in Sacramento.
Rodriguez, 28, allowed 10 hits and six runs in four appearances this year. He started the year in Sacramento and was sent back there after getting crushed by the A's last Sunday in a middle relief appearance.
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"He has struggled to find consistency over the course of the last couple of years," Kapler said. "That doesn't mean that it's not in there, but his consistent stuff and strike-throwing ability, it just hasn't been there consistently enough. I think that was the decision there."
Rodriguez was a revelation in 2018, posting a 2.81 ERA and 3.73 WHIP in 21 appearances. He looked like a big part of the rotation moving forward, but his sophomore slump was severe. Rodriguez had a 5.64 ERA last year, pitching out of the rotation and the bullpen. He struggled with inconsistency and bounced back and forth between the majors and Triple-A.
This season, Rodriguez has purely been viewed as a long reliever. The Giants brought in veterans like Trevor Cahill and Tyler Anderson to fill out the rotation and Rodriguez was back in a bullpen role. He was in the background during both camps and made just two appearances after getting called back up to the big leagues.
Rickard hit .280 in 26 appearances for the Giants last year and the reports on him in recent weeks had been good. He fills a need for Kapler, with Austin Slater on the Injured List and Hunter Pence no longer with the organization. The Giants needed another right-handed bat in the outfield, particularly one who could play good defense.
"In Sacramento, he's been arguably the best player down there," Kapler said. "He has a track record at the major league level. I think we always saw him as someone who could step into Austin Slater's role if something happened."
Giants DFA pitcher Dereck Rodriguez, call up outfielder Joey Rickard originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area