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Report: Astros place Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers on waivers

Aug 19, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

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The Astros have decided to see if anyone will bite on their two most expensive starters, as they placed both Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers on waivers,’s Jon Heyman reports.

The salaries make it possible neither will be claimed.  Rodriguez is owed $36 million from 2012-14, while Myers will make $11 million next year and then either $10 million or a $3 million buyout for 2013.

Despite the big contract, Rodriguez is the more attractive property of the two.  He’s 8-9 with a fine 3.50 ERA this season.  He has a 3.44 ERA and a 35/14 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings since the All-Star break.

Myers is currently 3-12 with a 4.72 ERA.  He’s still going six innings every time out, but almost always while giving up three or four runs.  His last win came on June 17.

For what it’s worth, Heyman says Rodriguez is 10:1 to get claimed, while there’s no chance of Myers getting claimed.  Danny Knobler of CBS Sports said last week that Rodriguez would likely get claimed by an NL team.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Wow. That is all I have. Wow.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:27 AM


  2. FC - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Well them’s the breaks. Madson was due for an implosion. Hopefully he’s taken up his quota of ER for the year.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Brutal loss, but ya can’t win em all. If things go as they have been all year, the Phillies will win the next two games and all will be fine. Is it me, or have they lost the first game of more than half their series this year? And I really hate Ryan Zimmerman…he is a Phillies killer.

  4. Utley's Hair - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Bastardo only threw 10 pitches—is he available tomorrow? As much as I feel you need to get out there the next day, Madson’s next day is four straight.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:32 AM

      Mad Dog won’t see any more work this weekend. 40 or so pitches? I am wondering if Uncle Cholly gives Lidge another shot…he looked mighty fine tonight. Wouldn’t it be something if he finds it and has himself a perfect September/October?

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:35 AM

        If by perfect, you mean no blown saves in the two or three chances he gets, then have at it, Lights Out.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:36 AM

        By perfect, I mean 13 for 13 and 2 for 2 in the playoffs…that’s all they will really need for a closer in the playoffs…game 4 in the NLCS and game 4 in the World Series. :)

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Have a nice weekend Phillies phans. I will be away until Tuesday with a much needed work hiatus. Lets hope for a bounce back.

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