MLB Rumors: Wandy Rodriguez On Houston Astros' Trade Block

By Tom Froemming

Last night, there were scouts from the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park getting at first-hand look at Houston Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez.

The Astros are willing to listen to offers for Rodriguez, but may have a difficult time finding a trade partner willing to take on his contract. Wandy is making $10 million this year, $13 million in 2013 and will have a player option worth another $13 million in 2014 if he’s traded.

The 33-year-old has quietly put together four-straight seasons with a sub-4.00 ERA in Houston and is working on a fifth. Rodriguez is 6-5 with a 3.29 ERA so far in 2012 and currently ranks ninth in innings pitched with 95 2/3 frames logged. He has managed to drop his BB/9 from 3.3 in 2011 to 2.1 this year, but has also seen his K/9 slip from 7.8 to 5.7.

The Dominican lefty has played his entire eight-year career his Houston, primarily pitching in some of the best hitter’s parks in baseball. He has been particularly good at home, as his ERA is over a run better at Minute Maid Park (3.42) than it is on the road (4.67), possibly sinking his trade value.

Rodriguez has also struggled in interleague play, posting a 5.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 25 starts, making him even less attractive to American League teams.

On the plus side, he has been a better second-half pitcher over his career, with a career ERA of 4.12 in the first half and 3.86 in the second. Wandy has been inconsistent over parts of his career, but certainly has the talent to be a difference maker for a team searching for one more starter.

The Astros are 28-40 and would love to add some more building blocks for the future as they prepare to join the AL West in 2013.

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