With the trade deadline rapidly approaching the Astros biggest trade chip is slumping. Wandy Rodriguez had one of his worst outings in recent memory Wednesday with scouts from several teams in attendance and taking note. Rodriguez lasted only four innings against the Padres, breaking a streak of 48 consecutive starts in which he had pitched five or more innings. It was the longest current streak in the National League.
Rodriguez has been one of the most consistent and durable pitchers in the N.L. over the past several seasons. But is the 33 year-old lefty’s star beginning to fade? After a nice start to the season (1.72 ERA & .213 avg against in April) Wandy’s numbers have steadily declined.
The addition of another wildcard team to the playoffs this season means more teams will be in the market for pitching at the trade deadline. The time to move Rodriguez may never be better. The Tigers and Royals were reported to be among the teams with scouts present in San Diego on Wednesday. Yes, the Kansas City Royals, with a record of 39-52, are said to be seriously considering adding a starting pitcher. A deal with the Royals could be the way to go. Dayton Moore has made some questionable trades recently. Remember Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero? And what about the Melky Cabrera for Jonathan Sanchez deal. Talk about a real stinker!
The Yankees are also said to have been scouting Rodriguez. However, Yankees beat writer Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger tweets Wandy is not on the Yanks radar. Such a vehement denial probably means Wandy will wind up in the Bronx.