UPDATE: 3:19PM EST: Scratch that -- claiming team is NOT Washington, per Ken Rosenthal. The mystery remains!
UPDATE 2:39PM EST: Early speculation among rival teams is that WASH is the team that placed claim on Wandy Rodriguez; they need a veteran SP for '12 rotation, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez has been claimed on waivers, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It is unknown what team claimed the southpaw as of now, but we'll find out soon enough. The Astros can pull back, work a trade, or dump the contract on the claiming team. Rodriguez is owed $27.38 million through the 2013 season, and will have a $13 million player option for 2014, if traded.
Rodriguez, 32, is posting a 3.31 ERA, 7.65 K/9, 3 BB/9, and is inducing a 45.3% groundball rate across 147 innings of work.
It was only last month the Astros traded far and away their two most valuable players in outfielders Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence. The only question is how serious is Astros GM Ed Wade in holding a fire-sale? Will he go for the trifecta?