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NL East Notes: Nationals release Francisco Rodriguez, Dee Gordon rumors

Here’s the latest around the NL East.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals released reliever Francisco Rodriguez on Friday, according to’s Jesse Sanchez.

After the Tigers released him, Rodriguez joined the Nationals on a minor league deal. However, he didn’t appear in a game with Washington.

Washington is among the teams seeking bullpen help but might have signed Rodriguez to add depth. He pitched to a 7.82 ERA with the Tigers this season despite being an All-Star as recently as 2015.

Here’s the latest from around the National League East:

  • It seems the Mets are unlikely to trade controllable pieces, which are probably the ones drawing the most interest.
  • The Braves placed Jason Motte on the disabled list with a back strain.
  • Several teams have reportedly checked in on Dee Gordon, a piece Miami might be more open to moving.
  • Philadelphia might not yet have the best idea of the player Tommy Joseph is and will become.
  • Gio Gonzalez looked particularly good in his start against the Reds.