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GM doesn’t expect to trade Wandy Rodriguez to Rockies

Aug 24, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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Tomorrow afternoon is the deadline for the Rockies to work out a trade for Wandy Rodriguez after claiming him off waivers, but Astros general manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of that he doesn’t expect a deal to happen:

I can’t make predictions. I don’t predict what could happen, but my gut tells me at this point there’s no reason to believe that Wandy will be pitching anywhere than wherever we’re playing in five days, which is Houston.

Breaking news: Ed Wade physically unable to make predictions. Or something.

Anyway, there was some speculation earlier this week that the Astros might simply let any team claiming Rodriguez have the 32-year-old southpaw and his remaining contract, but instead Wade is reportedly holding out for a significant return in addition to salary relief.

In the meantime Rodriguez is starting against the Rockies today, in Colorado, which is a weird situation to say the least. And he coughed up four runs in the first inning.

  1. acanniv - Aug 24, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Then why put him on waivers at all? Seems kinda stupid to me.

  2. mjay424 - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    The Astros are willing to trade Rodriguez, they just don’t want to give him away.

    The Rockies will have to pay a price. Only they know how much they are willing to give to add a solid mid-level rotation piece. To get Houston interested and also receptive to eating some salary, the Rockies need to add at least one plus-prospect. It doesn’t have to be their best prospect but definitely one of their better ones.

    Will Colorado do such a thing? They might.

    Reports say catcher Wilin Rosario is a name that the Astros want. He’s strikeout prone, doesn’t hit for average but has big power, is young and has potential defensively too. He is, however, a high risk-high reward player.

    Colorado and Houston both have to decide how to proceed.

    The Rockies might counter with a little-lesser quality and add quantity to entice the Astros.

    Colorado Rockies Prospects Report

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