Rodriguez likely to stay in Houston
Astros general manager Ed Wade said Wednesday afternoon he expects left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, who was claimed on waivers by the Rockies on Tuesday, will remain in Houston, which means any trade with Colorado is unlikely.
“I can’t make predictions,” Wade said. “I don’t predict what could happen, but my gut tells me at this point there’s no reason to believe that Wandy will be pitching anywhere than wherever we’re playing in five days, which is Houston.”
The Astros have until Thursday afternoon to work out a deal to send Rodriguez to the Rockies, allow the Rockies to take him in a $20,000 waiver claim or pull him back off waivers, which appears to be the direction the club is headed. Wade has a policy not to discuss waivers or trade talks.
Rodriguez started for the Astros on Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies at Coors Field, one day after telling reporters his agent informed he had been claimed by the Rockies. Wade has said he puts every player on waivers at some point, but Rodriguez drew strong interesting prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline and could have been traded to any team had he cleared waivers.
Rodriguez has pitched well this season – he’s 9-9 with a 3.31 ERA for a team that’s 44 games under .500 – but he’s owed a hefty owed $36 million after this season.
Rodriguez is due the remainder of his $7 million he’s owed in 2011, plus $10 million in 2012 and $13 million in 13. There’s a $13 million option for 2014 that becomes a player option of the player’s contract changes hands.