The Pittsburgh Pirates are dealing closer Richard Rodriguez to the Atlanta Braves, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Richard Rodriguez goes to Atlanta, source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
Rodriguez, 31, was widely believed to be one of the top relief arms available on the market and has 14 saves with a 2.82 ERA in 37 appearances so far this season for Pittsburgh.
Rodriguez has been a mainstay in the Pirates’ bullpen the past four seasons after signing with the organization in December of 2017, combining for a 3.02 ERA in 159 appearances from 2018 to 2020.
Rodriguez made his big-league debut in September of 2017 with the Baltimore Orioles, who let him go at the end of that season.
He is a native of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.