The Astros have signed starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to a three-year extension worth 34 million dollars, with a possible vesting option which would bring it up to 44.5 million dollars. Rodriguez posted a 11-12 record and a 3.60 ERA, but posted a 1.75 ERA in his final 13 starts last season.
Rodriguez has only had two winning seasons in his six years in the big leagues, but has posted at least 9 wins in each of his six seasons. In 167 career starts, Rodriguez is 62-64 with a career 4.18 ERA.
He is an older pitcher to be going through arbitration, at 32, so locking him up for three years and buying out two free agency years may save them some money, but it is a little bit of a risk for a sub-.500 pitcher.