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Heyman: Yankees wanted Astros to eat $17 million on Wandy Rodriguez

Jul 31, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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According to’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees offered to take on $21 million of the $38 million due to left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in trade talks with Houston.  The Astros would have had to swallow $17 million to get the deal done.

With that kind of cash changing hands, the Astros would have needed to get a top prospect in return, and it seems doubtful the Yankees were willing to include one from the group of Manny Banuelos, Jesus Montero and Dellin Betances.

Heyman also adds that while the Indians and Blue Jays were involved in the Rodriguez discussions, they were only expected to be included as a third team in a deal to send Rodriguez to New York.  They apparently had no interest in the 32-year-old for themselves.

Heyman doesn’t see the Yankees revisiting the Rodriguez talks once he clears waivers.  If the Astros put Rodriguez on waivers Monday, he’d again be eligible to be dealt Wednesday, assuming that he goes unclaimed.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Hahahahahahaha!!! I’m suprised Ed Wade didn’t do it. He gives money to every other team he deals with.

    It must tell you something about the Yankees opinion of Wandy Rodriguez if they want another team to eat money.

  2. cackalackyank - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Well, all things considered I am glad the Yankees did not over pay for Wandy. Really do not see giving away a high rated prospect for this purpose. The recalamation gang may run out of gas, or maybe they won’t. Truth is, inconsistent performance at the plate will be at least as big a problem down the stretch. While the Yankees score runs in abundance, they don’t have a regular everyday bat hitting over .300. Not what one usually expects in the Bron-x. Bullpen is a little tenuous, too. Yankee fans would do well to remeber that while the marquee free agents are a staple of the diet, the “core-four” now winding down their careers drove the recent “dynasty”, and came from their farm system. Any continuation of that isgoing to have to come from there again too.

  3. doworks0n - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:59 PM


    • robolundgren - Aug 1, 2011 at 1:46 AM


    • kellyb9 - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

      Caps Lock = Off

  4. Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I’m a bit surprised the Yankees wouldn’t throw down the cash. Wandy’s not really overpaid, and there won’t be a big upgrade on the FA market until after 2012.

    Of course, they could trade for him tomorrow as long as he passes through waivers.

  5. pisano - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    The way I hear it they weren’t really all that big on him, not really their kind of left hander. That being said if they could have gotten the Astro’s to eat alot of that contract then it would have been workable for them. They have already moved Banualos up to AAA and he will probably be up by Sept.1 or sooner. This guy is their kind of lefty, throws alot of gas . We’ll see if he has enough mound presence.

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