Nationals chasing Wandy Rodriguez


Jim Bowden of ESPN has tweeted this evening that the Washington Nationals are chasing Wandy Rodriguez. They are also looking at free agent pitchers Roy Oswalt, CJ Wilson and Mark Buehrle along with center fielders BJ Upton and Denard Span. The Nationals have seemed like a likely landing spot ever since this summer with their desire for quality SP depth and to spend money in an effort to compete for the NL East crown. Considering the free agent pitchers they are linked to all want to stay in a certain region of the country while playing for an immediate contender as prerequisites, Washington may still be a likely landing spot for Wandy.

With the Astros in a full rebuilding mode, prospects from a good farm system seem to be a logical asking price. Don’t expect any of the Nationals’ top prospects, obviously, but they do have some intriguing options like pitchers A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock and Sammy Solis along with power hitting catcher Derek Norris and OF Brian Goodwin. Another prospect to keep an eye out for is Robbie Ray, the LHP starting pitcher put up an impressive 3.13 ERA and 95 Ks in 89 innings during his first full season at single A Hagerston. They wouldn’t be able to move this season’s top picks due to a 1-year waiting rule to trade draft selections, although that restriction might change in the new CBA.

Other clubs that could be interested in Wandy are the Rockies, Angels, Royals, Blue Jays and Rangers. The Rockies, of course, put in a waiver claim this past August for Wandy but no agreement could be reached, they are expected to make a serious play for the veteran lefty again.

Tags: Angels BJ Upton Blue Jays CJ Wilson Denard Span Mark Buehrle Nationals News & Notes Rangers Rockies Roy Oswalt Royals Wandy Rodriguez

  • Stroscrow

    The Rockies and Nationals both seem like logical choices for a trade. I am personally a little more familiar with some of the prospects in the Rockies system but the Nationals do have some talented prospects as well.

    I would avoid trades with the Blue Jays as I think AA is an excellent GM and would drastically undersell Wade in a Wandy deal. I would also stay away from the Rangers as they do still have some talented prospects in their system, but the system has drastically taken a hit the last couple of years. I know Round Rock won it all, but they did so with a crop of AAAA players and not true prospect type guys.

  • Stroscrow

    The Rockies and Nationals both seem like logical choices for a trade. I am personally a little more familiar with some of the prospects in the Rockies system but the Nationals do have some talented prospects as well.

    I would avoid trades with the Blue Jays as I think AA is an excellent GM and would drastically undersell Wade in a Wandy deal. I would also stay away from the Rangers as they do still have some talented prospects in their system, but the system has drastically taken a hit the last couple of years. I know Round Rock won it all, but they did so with a crop of AAAA players and not true prospect type guys.

    • LEXthePEX

      I read tonight that the Rockies aren’t to hot for Wandy anymore due to the asking price still being high. I like the Nationals as a partner, good system and willing to move some talent while taking on a money for SP. AA does worry me, dude is a slick GM but it might depend on who we have on our end. Of the Texas prospects, I’m super high on Mike Olt, gold glove 3b with serious power.

  • LEXthePEX

    I read tonight that the Rockies aren’t to hot for Wandy anymore due to the asking price still being high. I like the Nationals as a partner, good system and willing to move some talent while taking on a money for SP. AA does worry me, dude is a slick GM but it might depend on who we have on our end. Of the Texas prospects, I’m super high on Mike Olt, gold glove 3b with serious power.

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