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Wandy Rodriguez is pitching against the Rockies one day after they claimed him off waivers

Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Colorado claimed Wandy Rodriguez and his contract off waivers yesterday, which should make it awfully weird when he takes the mound at Coors Field this afternoon to face the Rockies. Assuming they don’t work out a trade with the Astros by then, of course.

Rodriguez is scheduled to face Aaron Cook about 20 hours before tomorrow’s noon deadline to complete a deal. If the two sides can’t agree to terms, Rodriguez will be pulled back off waivers and remain in Houston.

When asked about the weird situation Rodriguez called it “hard” and “bad” and generally just seemed uneasy about facing the team he may soon be joining. As for the likelihood of a deal being reached, Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros aren’t willing to simply let the Rockies take Rodriguez and his contract off their hands “without receiving what the team considers significant talent in return.”

I wrote yesterday that Rodriguez is underrated, because he’s consistently been a top-25 starter and his contract isn’t as huge as some might suggest, but the odds of Houston clearing his salary off the books and getting “significant talent” seems very slim. Of course, as Campbell notes they may decide to wait until the offseason when it’s possible to negotiate with 29 teams instead of one team.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Astros push him back a day or two just in case he does get traded? I mean, this has to seriously screw with a guy’s head.

  2. FC - Aug 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Well the Astros have a point, their issue is payroll management, they can’t afford Rodriguez’s talents although he is likely being paid for fair price (+/-) It makes sense for them to want good value in return but the Rockies are not really in contention, if they can’t work out an acceptable deal there’s no reason for them to do something they don’t want to do.

    • clydeserra - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      right, if he will have marginally better value over the winter when all teams can make an offer.

  3. trevorb06 - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    I would love it if after the 5th inning they complete a trade and Wandy could just switch uniforms and come out in relief for Cook and continue to pitch thru the 7th or 8th inning. Unfortunately life isn’t as awesome at that would be.

  4. stavromulabeta1 - Aug 24, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    I think that the Rockies should complete the trade for him, then have him walk to the mound with an Astros uniform on. Then he should strip off the Astros uniform revealing…a Rockies uniform! Maybe play a little NWO music in the background.

    What? I watched a little WWF growing up…

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