Jun 19, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (51) throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. The Royals defeated the Astros 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
The Houston Astros are willing to listen to trade offers for left-handed starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi says representatives from the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants were in Houston last night to scout Rodriguez.
On the season, Rodriguez has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.29 and 1.265 over his 15 starts with 5.7 SO/9 and 2.1 BB/9. The 33-year-old is earning $10 million this season and will be owed $26 million over the 2013-14 campaigns if he is traded.
Rodriguez is no stranger to trade rumors, as the veteran is seemingly an annual candidate to be moved. Over his eight seasons with the Astros, he has a career ERA and WHIP of 4.01 and 1.340.
Morosi notes the Yankees do not have an immediate need for pitching, but the club is an injury away and showed interest in Rodriguez last summer.
The Giants and Blue Jays have clearer needs for additional starting pitchers. Morosi notes San Francisco could be preparing for a backup in case Tim Lincecum continues to struggle and adds the Blue Jays have lost three starting pitchers to injury, Drew Hutchinson, Kyle Drabek and Brandon Morrow, in the past week.