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The Orioles have called the Astros about Wandy Rodriguez

Jul 7, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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We learned earlier this week that the Orioles are “going hard” after Brewers’ right-hander Zack Greinke, but it appears Dan Duquette has some other targets in mind as he attempts to upgrade the starting rotation.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Orioles have called the Astros to inquire about the availability of Wandy Rodriguez. Kubatko notes that Duquette is “talking to lots of teams,” so this could be a matter of due diligence, but Rodriguez is a logical name to pop up over the next couple of weeks.

Rodriguez has a 3.54 ERA through 17 starts with the Astros this season. While the 33-year-old southpaw has averaged a career-best 1.9 BB/9, his strikeout rate (5.8 K/9) is the lowest since his rookie season in 2005 and his and swinging strike rate (7.1 percent) is at a career-low level.

Rodriguez is owed roughly $5 million for the rest of this season and $13 million in 2013 while his contract includes a $13 million vesting option for 2014. The vesting option becomes a player option in the event of a trade, so that could complicate the ability of Astros GM Jeff Lunhow to find a suitor.

Coming into today’s action, Orioles starters rank 27th in the majors with a 4.73 ERA. While offseason acquisitions Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen have been pleasant surprises, the rest of the rotation has been pretty shaky.

  1. xsherr - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Wandy just wants out of Houston.

    • madhatternalice - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      We’ll happily take him!

  2. rockthered1286 - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    I’d LIKE to think Hammel, Chen, then Matusz to bounce back (his threw a 4 hit shut out in AAA yesterday) then Britton to make his way up soon and Miguel Gonzalez to stay strong, BUT Im realist. 3 of 5 makes me happy. I want greinke.

  3. gostros19 - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    How about Wandy for Dylan Bundy straight up? Ok cool thanks

  4. kooolo - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Can’t be Bundy or Machado. Anyone else in the minor league system is expendable, including Matusz, Arrieta or Hunter.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Id love to see this guy in the AL East, LOL man that would be great and would seal the O’s season for good

  6. watermelon1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    I still think Greinke is the guy the Orioles need… but with how badly their pitching has been, I guess ANY help will do.

    The exciting this about all of this is, the longer the Orioles can stay in contention… and perhaps if they start out next season competing…. more and more free agents or players with right to refuse trades to certain teams, will all of a sudden actually WANT to play for the Orioles. And when Camden Yards is full, it’s good for baseball. That stadium deserves meaningful September and October baseball.

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