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Thread: Maels Rodriguez, Cuban RHP

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    Any thoughts on where he winds up?

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/news/...0108cubans.html

    "Rodriguez holds the single-season Cuban strikeout record, having fanned 263 in 178-1/3 innings three years ago and he is the only pitcher in post-revolution Cuba history to throw a perfect game. Vilar said a half-dozen teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners and Rangers, are interested in him. Vilar has used the four-year $32 million contract the Yankees gave fellow defector Jose Contreras in December 2002 as a measuring stick for Rodriguez' asking price. "

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    There was some talk during the past month or so that he really would be a relief pitcher, so maybe he does not get that contract that he's reported looking for.

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    Brooklyn Jet, any update on this player?

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    The last I heard was that he was going to have a public workout sometime in the end of January, and that, as mbn mentioned, there was some thinking among scouts that he'd be better as a relief pitcher.

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    He's holding a public workout on Thursday in San Salvador, and the Yankees, Mets, BoSox, Mariners and a few un-named others are expected to be in attendance. The common line of thinking is that he will end up in the minors working to become a closer.

    His fastball, clocked (allegedly) at 102 MPH, would make him ideal for that position.

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    Originally posted by Brooklyn Jet@Jan 8 2004, 08:54 PM
    Any thoughts on where he winds up?


    Yeah...Japan.

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    He worked out yestarday, but never topped 90 on the gun, for whatever reason. As a side note, El Duque also worked out yesterday, in Miami, and threw 35-40 pitches, at speeds averaging 75-78 . Way below where he was as a Yankee a couple of years ago. Not a good sign. He was pain free though, which is always a positive for someone coming off shoulder surgery.

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    According to the reports in the New York papers both Hernandez and Rodriquez had unimpressive workouts for the scouts. Both had litle velocity in their throws and Hernandez only threw 35 or so pitches.
    Based on the reports both of these guys are definitely not ready to open the season with any team-right now they are just potential to keep on radar screen for later on in the season

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    According to ESPN Insider:

    Jan. 23 - Maels Rodriguez disappointed scouts by failing to throw a 90 mph fastball in San Salvador. Rodriguez regularly topped 100 mph in Cuba.
    Cuban officials claimed he had arm problems and a herniated disk, and his workout disappointed scouts. The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Angels, Mariners and Rangers are among the teams most interested in Rodriguez.

    Rodriquez's agent plans to use the four-year, $32 million contract Jose Contreras signed with the Yankees as a starting point for negotiations. According to reports, Rodriguez in 2001 struck out 263 in 178 1/3 innings, and in 2003 was 8-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 113 innings.

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    Originally posted by TerryBadway@Jan 24 2004, 05:12 PM
    According to ESPN Insider:

    Jan. 23 - Maels Rodriguez disappointed scouts by failing to throw a 90 mph fastball in San Salvador. Rodriguez regularly topped 100 mph in Cuba.
    Cuban officials claimed he had arm problems and a herniated disk, and his workout disappointed scouts. The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Angels, Mariners and Rangers are among the teams most interested in Rodriguez.

    Rodriquez's agent plans to use the four-year, $32 million contract Jose Contreras signed with the Yankees as a starting point for negotiations. According to reports, Rodriguez in 2001 struck out 263 in 178 1/3 innings, and in 2003 was 8-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 113 innings.
    With a workout like the one he had, he may need to knock a few "$0"'s off his request if he wants a shot.

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    I was interested in him up until i read this

    Maels Rodriguez disappointed scouts by failing to throw a 90 mph fastball
    I was really surprised when i read that because I heard and read so much about his arm strength

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