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.