The Washington Nationals traded Henry Rodriguez to the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitcher Ian Dickson tonight in a move that was announced after the Nats' 8-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The morning after the Nationals made the decision to DFA Rodriguez last week, D.C. GM Mike Rizzo talked to 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier about the decision which effectively ended the experiment with the hard throwing reliever three years after he was acquired from the Oakland A's along with outfielder Corey Brown in the trade that sent Josh Willingham to the Athletics. The return the Nationals received from the Cubs was 6'5'' right-hander Ian Dickson, a 2011 35th Round pick out of Northport, New York and Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
"Henry, he just wasn't performing," Rizzo told 106.7's hosts. "We couldn't count on him and it was time to -- when Erik Davis came up and showed a propensity to throw strikes and pound the strike zone with three good pitches, we felt that it was time to designate Henry and go with the best possible bullpen that we feel we can put out there." Rodriguez had a 4.00 ERA, a 5.40 FIP, 16 walks (8.00 BB/9) and 11 Ks (5.50 K/9) in 17 games and 18.0 IP this season before he was designated for assignment last week.
Ian Dickson had a 5.60 ERA, a 4.46 FIP, 25 walks (3.59 BB/9) and 48 Ks (6.89 K/9) in 15 starts and 62.2 IP with the Low-A Boise Hawks last season. The right-hander had a 6.88 ERA, a 5.12 FIP, 15 walks (3.82 BB/9) and 32 Ks (8.15 K/9) in 11 games and 35.1 IP with the Class A Midwest League's Kane County Cougars.
Nats' skipper Davey Johnson told reporters at Coors Field tonight that the Nationals' second move of the evening was to send right-handed starter Nate Karns back to Double-A Harrisburg to make room for the call-up of right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, who will start the second game of three for the Nats in Colorado. Ohlendorf, 30, has a 4.27 ERA, a 3.44 FIP, 30 walks (3.77 BB/9) and 67 Ks (8.41 K/9) in 13 games, 12 starts and 71.2 IP with the Syracuse Chiefs this season.
Karns, 25, was (0-1) in three starts after being called up from Double-A to make his MLB debut. The right-hander had a 7.50 ERA, 8.40 FIP, six walks (4.50 BB/9) and 11 Ks (8.25 K/9) in 12.0 IP over which he gave up five home runs after surrendering five in 45.0 innings with the Senators.
• Davey Johnson's Advice:
Davey said he told Nate Karns he just wants him to work on command and location. Liked his stuff. He'll go back to Double-A.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 12, 2013