After tossing seven solid innings yesterday afternoon in Chicago, Wandy Rodriguez continues to show up in many trade rumors with the deadline quickly approaching.â†µ
Jon Morosi reported earlier today that the Diamondbacks are inquiring about Rodriguez, but neither side is close to reaching a deal. Arizona does have some interesting prospects that could be available, most notably 3B Bobby Borchering and LHP Tyler Skaggs, but we do know that the Astros are asking for a lot in return. Peter Gammons wrote:â†µ
The Astros are asking for as much in return for Wandy Rodriguez as the Rockies are for Ubaldo Jimenez. General manager Ed Wade is in a difficult position, caught between an ownership change.â†µ
Wandy's contract (roughly $36 million over the next three years) is a driving factor in some teams shying away from the Astros' lefty, but his numbers this year (6-7, 3.60 ERA) are quite impressive. The Astros might have to pay some of that remaining money in order to get a deal done, but it would still help in shedding payroll and acquiring younger talent.â†µ
Oh well, we'll see because the Astros could be hesitant to trade Wandy within the NL Central.