Yankees among teams scouting Wandy Rodriguez

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Via Jon Morosi, the Yankees were among the teams that had people in attendance for Wandy Rodriguez’s start against the Royals last night (box score). The Astros are open to dealing the left-hander, who is owed approximately $18M through the end of next season. Wandy also has a $13M club option for 2014 that becomes a player option if traded.

As Joe wrote when the Ryan Dempster rumor popped up last week, the Yankees are going to be connected to pretty much every available starting pitcher between now and the trade deadline. Rodriguez, 33, is having a solid season (4.16 FIP) for Houston but his strikeout rate has declined for the fourth straight season and he’s not a guy that will blow hitters away. Wandy is a solid pitcher but I think there are valid concerns about his ability to translate that success to the AL East. Add in the unfavorable contract and it’s tough to see a fit for the Yankees.

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  • Brian S.


    • Wayne Slaven

      He’s never impressed me. He’s only the team’s ace by default.

      • Harrill Lovelace

        Great point. We have enough arms that WR would be 4th or 5th starter at best for the Yankees. Save the money to resign Pettite for another season to give the minor leagus guys more time, and to get Josh Hamilton from the FA market. We need a .300/35 HR/ 100 plus RBI guy in the line up-and that is about an average year from Hamilton if he gets 150 games or so. If healthy he is maybe the best hitter in baseball.

  • DM

    Hmmm… I was more interested before Pettitte came roaring back into the rotation. It depends on the trade — and if they’ll eat some major money. They didn’t want to last season. And that 2014 player option is scary.

  • Dino Velvet

    -Due diligence.

    -Keeping options open in case of an emergency poping up btwn now and July 31st.

    -Driving up prices for competitors who make any trade.

  • Knoxvillain

    No thank you. He would have his colon torn up in this division before he knew what hit him.

  • Frank

    I’d rather have Claudio Vargas from the M’s. Similar career numbers, but 4 years younger and he comes much cheaper.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Vargas plays in Safeco Field and has actually allowed more homers than Phil Hughes this season.

      • Frank

        And he got bombed today. I should have been clearer. I’m not in favor or either guy, just saying Vargas has similar career numbers and is cheaper,younger.

    • yooboo

      Jason Vargas is not the answer, either.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Jason Vargas has given up 3 ER or more in 8 consecutive starts.

      And 10 ER today as previously noted. Pass.

  • yooboo

    I assume that Astros can pick Rodriguez’ club option and then trade him elsewhere. If so, Yanks should keep scouting him until the winter meeting begins. He would basically replace Kuroda next season for that price. Also, it may not cost Yanks any prospect with enough upside as it would if he was traded by this July.

  • JMK

    Eh, not a fan of Wandy. But there’s a guy on the Pirates named Burnett that’s really fooling hitters this year. He could be an option.

    • yooboo

      Exactly, AJ has been impressive in GB and FIP departments. Both outnumber Rodriguez’.

    • Knoxvillain

      It’s nice to see Burnett do well. It was never a stuff problem with him. He just couldn’t handle New York. Imagine how nice it would be to have him on the team though.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I’d like for the Yankees to trade for a player to be named later, and then trade that name back.

    There’s noone out there for us at a price we’re willing to give up. No one will take Betances now. Phelps/Warren/Mitchell won’t net much. It’s a seller’s market for pitchers. Bats can be had. Arms and gloves are a more difficult pursuit.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      And Nunez is on the DL. So any trade chips we had a possibility as presenting as shiny objects aren’t fooling anyone. To get anyone we could actually use, Banuelos, Sanchez, Williams will be centerpieced. And it might take 2 of them.

  • _NYD_

    I think it should be made a criminal offense if Cashman makes a deal for an aging NL pitcher, just sayin’

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    I wonder if this stuff is really just some kind of professional courtesy. Like Jeff Lunhow calls Cashman and says ‘hey, we’re making Wandy available, would you have any interest?’. And instead of Cashman being like ‘hell no’, he sends scouts out to take a look in an effort to not make it seem ridiculous that someone would want some of Houston’s players.

    There has to be some logic behind scouts going to games where there is obviously no real fit for a player.

    • Tim HJ

      All of this activity also helps the organization to gauge what levels of interest other clubs might have in Yankee prospects. Only by chewing the fat over hypothetical deals can clubs assess the market for pieces they might ultimately want to trade.

  • Ziggy Barone

    No is all I can say..We traded AJ for nothing and salary dump..(I always felt we should have kept AJ at least until the All-Star break)…Remember when Cashman thought we had TOO much pitching….Wandy is not a difference maker imo…Zack Greinke would be if he could pitch in NYC….also he would cost a lot of prospects…I would bring back Bartolo before going after Wandy…that’s for sure

  • Rob bob

    Please keep these NL arms in the NL! He is horribly over rated and that is way to much money he is owed

  • Betances’ Command

    If you’re into inflated ERAs, a bewildered look on a pitchers’ face and a packed stadium oozing with boos- then Wandy is your cup of joe.

  • http://none GrandyManCan

    Any chance at Cliff Lee?

  • Jim Wilson Sr.

    OMG , No More Duds , Please ! With his declining numbers for the last few years. He would hurt us more then he could help us !


    i have no problem adding Wandy Rodriguez.. I love crafty lefties, especially with the short porch in right, and Wandy has always been solid, and i’d expect nothing less then that, and probably a tad better because most of the players haven’t seen him on the regular, being hes been in the NL his entire career..

    Its to bad we didn’t go after Gio Gonzalez like i said on here in the offseason , and basically was ripped for doing so.. I still don’t get how anyone could not of liked him.. he showed all the signs of progressing into what he is today, which is a top notch AS pitcher..