No Momentum For Wandy Trade

2:29pm: Astros GM Ed Wade told's Brian McTaggart that his gut tells him Rodriguez is staying put.

WEDNESDAY, 11:53am: A deal remains a long shot because the Astros want catching prospect Wilin Rosario or a top young pitcher from the Rockies in the deal.  Last month, Baseball America ranked Rosario the 28th best prospect in baseball.  Oddly enough, Rodriguez is scheduled to pitch for the Astros a couple of hours from now at Coors Field.

TUESDAY, 3:25pm: There's no momentum for a Wandy Rodriguez trade at the moment, according to's Buster Olney (Twitter links). The Rockies claimed the Astros' left-hander on waivers and now have 48 business day hours to work out a trade or claim with Houston.

The Astros aren't especially motivated to move Rodriguez, according to Olney. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports notes (on Twitter) that the Astros can afford him next year even if they reduce their payroll to $60MM or so, as they intend to.'s Jim Bowden says the Astros are looking to acquire a bona fide return for Rodriguez and could consider dealing him in the winter if Colorado doesn't offer what they're looking for (Twitter link). The Rockies, meanwhile, are well aware that free agent starters are hesitant to sign with them, according to Olney.

33 Responses to No Momentum For Wandy Trade Leave a Reply

  1. jwsox 4 years ago

    Bonafied return for a mediocre pitcher. Maybe slightly better then mediocre. Who is overpaid… Good luck stros.

    • Baseballfan83 4 years ago

      He is better than mediocre and if you look at pitcher salaries anymore not really overpaid. It just seems to be the thing right now to hate on this guy when if he was with a little better club that 3.31 era and 1.2 whip 7.7 k/9 would translate to more wins. 

    • Steven St Croix 4 years ago

      He not a mediocre pitcher by any means. Paid well, yes, but not mediocre

    • Sniderlover 4 years ago

      I don’t think he is a medicore pitcher. He gets a good amount of strikeouts, has a decent walk rate, gives up a little more homeruns than you would like but over the past 3 years, he’s kept it under 1 which is fine.

      I think he is a good #3.

  2. Take Ian Stewart and EY please

  3. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

    Ian Stewart and Aaron Cook for Wandy…unreasonable?

    • Baseballfan83 4 years ago

      I think so because at this point we all know Stewart is nothing and Cook is to fragile 

  4. What are the Astros needs? Good to see the National Media automatically call “no trade” because the yanks, sox, phils aren’t involved.

    • Baseballfan83 4 years ago

      I think their needs are major league capable players at any position 

    • IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 4 years ago

      What are the Astros needs?

      A major league team.  And some way to dispose of Carlos Lee.

    • jkmckay 4 years ago

      I’m not Ed Wade but I would be interested in OF Kent Matthes and RHP Chad Bettis, both in A ball at Modesto. I also like RHP Coty Woods.

      • SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

        I think Chad Bettis is maybe too high a prospect (though not out of the question) for a Wandy deal, Mathies and Woods, maybe.  Wandy is a desireable pitcher but he will be 33 starting next season and his contract is substantial if not unreasonable. It seems to me that the ‘Stros are looking for top prospects plus salary relief and I bet they are unlikely to find it in Denver.

    • It would be easier to state what the Astros don’t need, so let’s start there.  They don’t need a new owner because they’ve got one.  Everything else below him needs to be replaced.

  5. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    they save a tiny amount of money by trading him now rather than in the offseason. and in the offseason they can field competing offers and probably get a better return. the rockies aren’t contenders, so there’s not a lot of motivation on either side here

  6. Tim Wheeler, get it done Wade

    • thekoshow 4 years ago

      I would have a heart attack if Dan moved Wheeler.

      • SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

        I might not have a heart attack as I’m a little concerned about the strikeouts but I’d really have to see Houston eat the lion’s share of this contract before I move Wheeler for Wandy.

  7. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    The Rockies are stuck with him.

  8. strikethree 4 years ago

    I wonder where was this steadfast resolve when they traded Micheal Bourn for nothing…

    • jkmckay 4 years ago

      You think the Astros got “nothing” for Bourn? OKC reliever Juan Abreu has 3 saves and a 1.86 ERA; Corpus Christi RHP Paul Clemens is 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA in 4 starts. LHP Brett Oberholtzer has shown flashes of big-league ability. Jordan Schafer is now active with the parent club. I’d say they got a lot more than “nothing”…  

  9. OG 4 years ago

    Astros are going to give him away. No team is going to give up alot during the offseason To get him unless HOU sends some money which they won’t. They would rather not pay anything and give him away.

    • daveineg 4 years ago

      If Rodriguez were a FA I can easily see him getting something close to 3/36 mil.  Ted Lilly got 3/33 and he was 3 years older than Rodriguez.

      Teams will want him at that price and they will offer something of value too for the certainty of getting him.

  10. Astros should learn from the Jays. Remember a dude named Alex Rios. Look at what he is doing now in a Whitesox uniform earning 12 million a year.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      How the hell did AA get rid of Wells AND Rios…

      • DrRickRollins 4 years ago

        As much as we all like the compliment AA. The Rios claim was still under JPR’s tenure.

  11. thegrayrace 4 years ago

    Wandy not helping the Astros position by giving up 4ER in the 1st inning…

    • I didn’t matter if he pitched a perfect game today.  There was never really a chance of him being moved to Colorado at this point…

  12. coldgoldenfalstaff 4 years ago

    Personally I hope Wandy stays for now.

    Two reason: Starting pitching is a big commodity once the name FAs are signed in January, and someone other than Ed Wade would make that deal in the winter.

    • jkmckay 4 years ago

      Regardless of the “mob mentality” of many Astros’ fans, Ed Wade has rebuilt the pathetic farm system virtually overnight and is responsible for current 25 man roster players J.D. Martinez, Jimmy Paredes and Jordan Lyles. Wade also shepherded Jose Altuve to the bigs at 21 years of age. Count me as one of few Houston fans who believe Wade should be allowed to keep his GM position into the new regime; he’s earned the right…

  13. fxx3605 4 years ago

    yeah a whole team away from contention!

  14. I’m not an Astro hater (I would actually love to see them get it turned around), but the “pieces” you described are not a one transaction fix. If anyone actually believed they were only four or five pieces away they wouldn’t have traded two pieces at the deadline. More realistically this team needs to finish off their firesale, plan for 2013-2014 when some of the pieces they acquired will be ready, and major league baseball needs to get off their …ahem.. thumbs so new ownership can replace Wade with the GM who is actually going to be orchestrating this turnaround.

  15. notsureifsrs 4 years ago


  16. Yeah my bad, had to be dang near in a coma to miss that sarcasm…

    But I stand by the rest of that. The league needs to get going on this sale to give this team a chance to fully commit to the rebuild.

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