Major league teams continue to question whether or not Houston Astros left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez can succeed in the American League, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Astros are expected to listen to offers on several of their veteran players, including Rodriguez, this summer.
Rosenthal believes Rodriguez would come at a much lower acquisition cost than other starters expected to be on the trade market such as Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza.
Rodriguez has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.27 and 1.270 over his 13 starts this season. The 33-year-old has 6.0 SO/9 and 2.0 BB/9 on the year.
From 2009-2011, Rodriguez averaged 197 innings pitched and roughly 31 starts per season with an ERA and WHIP south of 3.50 and 1.300. Rodriguez owns a career ERA and WHIP of 4.02 and 1.341 over his eight seasons in the majors.
Rodriguez is earning $10 million this year and will make $13 million in 2013. The Astros currently hold a $13 million option for 2014 which includes a $2.5 million buyout, but this becomes a player option if Rodriguez is traded.