Astros Will Listen On Wandy Rodriguez

The Astros will listen to offers for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, and teams are watching the left-hander in anticipation of the July 31st trade deadline, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports writes. The Yankees, Giants and Blue Jays had representatives in attendance for Rodriguez’s start against the Royals last night, Morosi reports.

Rodriguez, 33, has a 3.29 ERA with 5.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 95 2/3 innings this year. He earns $10MM this year, $13MM next year and his contract includes a $13MM vesting option for 2014. The '14 option becomes a player option if the Astros trade Rodriguez.

The Yankees’ rotation has been tremendous of late, but the Giants and Blue Jays have potential openings because of injuries and poor performances. It’s worth noting that the presence of scouts doesn’t necessarily reflect serious interest from potential suitors. Teams routinely evaluate players around the league to prepare for possible roster moves.


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34 Comments on "Astros Will Listen On Wandy Rodriguez"


LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

Common sense, the Astros are brainless if they dont explore trading wandy.

3 years 2 months ago

I think they have been exploring trading him for over a year… it was Ed Wade the old G.M. who signed him with that option that becomes a player option that is causing the problem.

3 years 2 months ago

the way hughes is pitching today against Atlanta, and giving up a 2 run homerun and giving up 3 runs in the first inning it looks like he is back to his old self in giving up the long ball. time to release garcia, throw hughes in the pen and make a trade.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

Hughes has some rough outtings, but they are only counting on him to be the #5 starter,  CC and pettitte is a strong 1/2.

3 years 2 months ago

on a number 5? he is pitching in the three slot. they must not be counting on him to be only a number 5. and he gave up 4 HR’s today. he needs to be moved to the pen, trade for Rodriguez. Rodriguez will fill a slot in the rotation for the next two years. with Nova,CC,Pineda,and wandy then next season they can decide who to use in the number 5 slot.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

i hope they dont get wandy, It will make the payroll higher, and i really dont see him doing that well in the Al East.  I dont see how he is their #3, spots during the regular season get out of order, if you are going to get another pitcher and give up a pile of prospects get someone that is a good pitcher to pair with the top 2, not someone who probably won’t be in ur ps rotation. Hughes has a 4.5 era, that is fine for the #5 spot.

1- CC
2- Pettitte
3- Kuroda
4- Nova
5- Hughes

Too Many Idiots
3 years 2 months ago

Where you pitch in the rotation only matters in the playoffs. Wandy would not be a fit in the AL east. Additionally, he has a bad contract.

icedrake523
3 years 2 months ago

Hughes’ last 3 outings were good as were his 4 before his start against the Angels. Of course Yankee fans are the most spoiled in all professional sports and will never be happy until they have an All-Star at every position, I wouldn’t expect you to be content with a guy who isn’t going to throw a shutout every game he starts.

rovert22044
3 years 2 months ago

I’d like to see the Astros trade Wandy to the Blue Jays. They have a stacked minor league system, many of those prospects the Astros could use. Maybe re-picking up Anthony Gose? I guess we’ll see.

johnsmith4
3 years 2 months ago

Why stop at Gose?  Get Jays to include D’Arnaud, Nicolino, and Syndergaard.

rovert22044
3 years 2 months ago

Oh I never said we’d stop there. Lol Just stating that I’d like him to be in the mix.

Kev
3 years 2 months ago

 Meh on Gose. There’s enough toolsy outfielders in the system. Jays have a cache of interesting arms. Ship Wandy over with a large chunk of his contract and pick one of them up and a C+ guy.

BWillie
3 years 2 months ago

The “new” Astros mgmt. is anything but brainless.

davengmusic
3 years 2 months ago

in luhnow we trust…

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

” The ’14 option becomes a player option if the Astros trade Rodriguez.”

Which Wandy would gladly exercise as a then 35 (in 2014) YO SP, regardless of how average (at best) he is now as an innings eater.

I hope the NYY do go out and get him and the more they give up? The better.

He had best stay in the NL, lest everything about his 88-90mph FB and CB get exploited by no pitcher to face and many more offensive friendly stadiums.. Arlington, Camden Yards, Fenway that won’t tolerate a SP (lefty at that) who must have pin point control and also counts on hitters who are not patient.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 2 months ago

Boston probably needs him more than the Yankees.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Even with Beckett DL for a couple of weeks they showed Morales can go 70+ pitches right now, barely stretched out as a 3rd lefty and all the lefties they have throw mid 90’s and have a good curve.. No reason to pay Wandy nearly 20m to throw 88-90mph and a curve…

Cook will be back in a few weeks if they get really desperate anyway for another SP and becket said on WeeI yesterday he was ready as it is. it was a rest on his shoulder more than anything for the remaining portion of the season and *not* an injury.

The BP the Sox have can more than take up the slack with Doubrant and Morales going 5-6IP. They have probably the deepest around and the most effective since late April.

dejota
3 years 2 months ago

Wandys curve is consistently ranked amongst the leagues best. Way to regurgitate the talking heads. Have you even seen him pitch?

Brian Stevenson
3 years 2 months ago

 121 ERA+ right now, that’s average to you? What?

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Said it numerous times and main reason AL teams are not looking at him, plus said it above.. he is another NL pitcher like Ted Lilly is now, Javy Vazquez and on and on.. His stuff just isn’t more than likely going to play out very well in the AL and at 20m gamble? A risk a GM would be very desperate to take.

He would be fine on an NL team if Houston can find someone willing to take on his contract, but that 14m option for 2014 Rodriquez is almost certain to want as I also posted above. That is an outstanding amount for a 35YO junkballer he will be in 2014.

Rangersalchamps
3 years 2 months ago

I’ve watched Wandy every start for the last few years(family are stro fans) and think you are are underrating him by quite a bit. He has one of the Best curveballs in the game, filthy pitch. He’s consistent, healthy and recently has pitched well against good AL lineups, most notably the Rangers and Royals.

His #’s are almost identical with Kuroda who pitched in a much bigger park in LA and Kuroda has transitoned to the AL east just fine.

If the Stros eat half his contract, he’s a steal IMO. MUCH better than you give him credit for. Once again I’ve watched him pitch the last 4-5 years. Durable, Consistent and has some good stuff(excluding fastball).

3 years 2 months ago

You could be right but I think he is better than you think. I think he has been in a “BAD” Enviroment in Houston. When Pudge caught him he seemed to put it together and I think if he were to play for a team like the Yankees, RedSox or other  teams that try to win he could be pretty special. I for one like him and would love to see him with a good team…I know he is not a junkballer now and his curve is a plus pitch…. A good pitching coach I think is all he needs IMO.
mahalo

garylanglais
3 years 2 months ago

“Astros Will Listen on Wandy Rodriguez”

That’s great, but who’s calling? Going to cost you $30m for 2.5 years.

Then let these stats sink in…

He’s never had a WHIP under 1.240 (this year 1.265)
He’s never had H/9 under 8.4 (this year 9.3)
His K/9 has decreased in each of the past 5 years (this year, career low 5.7)

He’s done this all in the NL central and now people are expecting AL teams to give something up of value and pay the contract.

He’s not going anywhere

BrickTops
3 years 2 months ago

He will get moved this year, no question.  And the haul for him will be decent.  All the “under” estimators out there will soon see.  

tomymogo
3 years 2 months ago

If it werent for the player option, Braves could have taken a look

trevorc
3 years 2 months ago

I could see him packaged with a younger cost controlled type like Lowrie and cash for a king’s ransom.  Just sayin’ Luhnow knows what he is doing and I bet when it happens it will be sudden and without much warning.  If he doesn’t trade Wandy it will be someone else.

3 years 2 months ago

Interesting all the “can’t pitch in the AL East” people. A good pitcher with a good curve is good most places (not Colorado). If Houston were to include $$ to help fund the contract what in the world are AL East teams thinking not to get Wandy? Houston actually plays in a very hitter friendly environment and one that is tough for lefthanders. Wandy has done very well on a poor team. He would be an asset to the Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox or anyone else who would land him.

Paul Ryan Stivender
3 years 2 months ago

I think Wandy could fit in with the Tigers if they do decide to hit the trade market. I’d be happy with anything that Luhnow can get us in return from Detroit as long as it includes Jacob Turner or, to a lesser extent, Nick Castellanos (Bruce Rondon would be nice too).

sourbob
3 years 2 months ago

That’s a joke, right? Wallace is already on the Astros.

rovert22044
3 years 2 months ago

If the Astros make a trade to the Blue Jays for Wandy, he’ll be in the mix. Without a doubt.

$18263819
3 years 2 months ago

dude…. all kinds of doubt…nothing BUT doubt…surrounded by doubt!! inundated by doubt lots and lots of doubt…doubt falling from the sky in torrents….

3 years 2 months ago

 We don’t need Gose.  He’s overrated, and George Springer is a better CF prospect anyway.

rovert22044
3 years 2 months ago

I can’t believe I’m actually responding to this comment. I was going to ignore it at first, but I guess I’ll give you a response.

Of course the Astros would send money. Lol I promise you if the Astros offered Wandy and money for Gose up front, the Blue Jays would cry and accept it immediately… That being said, Singleton would not be in the mix unless you wanted to add 2-3 good prospects. He’s tearing it up in the Minors this year.Wandy and cash for Gose and a B prospect (maybe C).

rovert22044
3 years 2 months ago

Oh man. Last time I checked, he was hitting over .300. Lol My bad.

And yeah, I doubt Anthopoulos would let go of Gose, but hey, a man can only hope. 😛