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Report: Wandy Rodriguez will get claimed on waivers

Aug 10, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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Danny Knobler of CBSSports says there is “a growing belief in baseball” that Wandy Rodriguez will be placed on waivers this week and that at least one team will put in a claim.

The Yankees discussed a Rodriguez trade prior to the July 31 deadline, but talks broke down amid reports that the Bombers wanted the Astros to eat $17 million of the $38 million owed to the left-hander through 2014.  Knobler says the Yankees are no longer interested in Rodriguez.

That even the Yankees wanted the Astros to take on so much of the salary suggested that Rodriguez would probably clear waivers this month.  However, Knobler doesn’t believe that’s the case.  He says it’s likely at least one NL team will put in a claim.

The Astros could simply let Rodriguez go if he is claimed on waivers.  Doing so would free them from his entire salary, but they wouldn’t get anything in return.  Alternatively, they could pull him back and attempt to trade him to the claiming team.  If that were to happen, the Astros might eat some salary and get a prospect back for him.

If Rodriguez instead clears waivers, the Astros will be free to deal him to any team through the end of the regular season.  The only issue there is that he’d have to be traded prior to Sept. 1 to be postseason eligible for his new team.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Who would claim him? I read Knobler’s report and he doesn’t even name a team. I think this is BS. Nobody is going to claim him with that outrageous contract. I think this was planted by somebody in the Astros organization.

  2. jeffa43 - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Can we put Lee on waivers…. please.. and offer to give money away to anyone who puts in a claim..

    Fans will donate.

    • wlschneider09 - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:42 AM

      How many fans? You’re gonna have to pony up a couple of grand each….

    • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM

      I’m sure that Carlos Lee has been put on waivers.

  3. randall351 - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    There is actually some talk here in Kansas City about the Royals claiming him. We do have a god awful pitching staff, and they are saying he would be an upgrade, with all the trouble the prospective pitching has had this year, with one of the young guys having Tommy Johns surgery done they are talking about how he would be a serviceable left handed pitcher in the rotation, even at an inflated cost.
    I have no clue how he’s doing but I’m sure he’s got a higher upside than say Bruce Chen or even Jeff Francis.
    Of course I would defer to someone who has a better understanding on this than myself, but the other pitcher the Royals claimed on waiver, Felipe Paulino, has actually been pitching well, he just can’t get any run support to save his life.
    And don’t forget this is the same KC Royals team that continued to give Kyle Davies the ball every 5 days until recently, and I know for a fact he is a much worse pitcher than Wandy.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      I was going to say that the Royals would never sign the guy because of his contract, and when I checked their payroll, it is amazing…How the hell does a team get away with almost HALVING its payroll??? That is a crime.

      Opening Day payrolls
      (Major League contracts plus pro-rated signing bonuses):

      2011: $ 38,176,000
      2010: $ 74,985,210
      2009: $ 70,519,333
      2008: $ 58,245,500
      2007: $ 67,166,500

      • randall351 - Aug 11, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        Gil Meche retiring helped that out a bit, I think he was due like $12 million. But yeah, it’s pretty sad when A-Rod gets paid almost as much as a whole Major League team.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM

        Probably a major reason there will never be a salary cap in baseball…because then there would have to be a salary floor and owners like this one, the Marlins, etc. would never go for a salary floor. I forgot about Meche retiring…you would think they would have made a couple moves with the money they saved, but they did not. They have a ton of young talent, but the sad thing is that as a Royals fan, I am sure you are resigned to the fact that once they are good enough, they will leave the team and that is a shame.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        Not to mention trading Greinke.

        Cutting payroll isn’t the worst thing if you have young, cheap, promising talent as replacements. The Royals have that. The test will come in another 3-4 years, when a lot of that young talent will become arbitration-eligible. Will the Royals finally keep the talent? History says no, unfortunately for Royals fans.

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