MLB Trade Rumors: Wandy Rodriguez Probably Not Leaving Astros

As the Sunday afternoon trade deadline approached, we saw a sudden flurry of late activity around Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez. The Yankees got in there. The Blue Jays got in there. Some other teams probably got in there. The Indians were even rumored to be closing in on an agreement. But according to both Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, it looks like Wandy is staying put. Of course, Morosi and Rosenthal work together, so it stands to reason they'd say the same thing.

Wandy Rodriguez is a good pitcher. That's what makes him appealing. He owns a career 4.11 ERA, and it's 3.38 since 2008, despite pitching in Minute Maid Park. He could help almost any team's rotation. The problem with dealing him is the cost. The Astros signed Rodriguez to a three-year, $34 million extension last January, and to make matters worse, a $13 million 2014 club option becomes a player option in the event of a trade. So Rodriguez is good but expensive, and teams have been reluctant to meet the Astros' demands.

So Rodriguez probably isn't going anywhere. Today. He is a candidate to get moved in August in a waiver trade, as the Astros look to shed salary.

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