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Wandy Rodriguez Claimed by Rockies

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HOUSTON - AUGUST 19:  Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - AUGUST 19: Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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4:17 PM EST: The Rockies made the Astros an offer for Wandy, but requested Houston pick up some of the money on the contract, reports SI's Jon Heyman.

4:11 PM EST: While talks are ongoing, ESPN's Buster Olney reports there is "no momentum right now for a Wandy trade. Houston not especially motivated to move him."

The Colorado Rockies have been awarded the waiver claim on Houston Astros starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It was reported earlier that an unknown team claimed the southpaw. 

While Colorado has won the waiver claim, Wandy Rodriguez is not yet a Rockie. The Astros and Rockies have until 1 PM EST on Thursday to work out a trade for Rodriguez. If they fail to do so, the Astros can pull Wandy off the waiver wire or give him to the Rockies for free at charge - with a large transaction fee, however. 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. Also prone to the home run ball, Coors might not be the best environment for the southpaw.

It was only last month the Astros and Rockies traded away all-star players for prospects. The Astros traded far and away their two most valuable players in outfielders Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence while the Rockies traded starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, but a much better return that the Astros.