The Houston Astros have pulled Wandy Rodriguez back from waivers, according to Houston Chronicle's Richard Justice. The Colorado Rockies claimed Rodriguez yesterday, but talks stalled and the trade discussions are now dead.
The Astros were asking the Rockies for pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz or catching prospect Wilin Rosario, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck. In addition, Houston wasn't offering any salary relief for the remaining $27.38 million on Rodriguez's contract through the 2013 season. If traded, Rodriguez's $13 million club option for 2014 becomes a $13 million player option.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes it would make more sense if the Astros trade Rodriguez in the off-season, as the Astros will be able to talk to all other 29 teams and in a thin starting pitcher market. ESPN's Buster Olney adds that was the exact reason the Astros did not pull the trigger preferring to talk with other interested teams and get more value for their southpaw.