Brandon Wood predictably collecting dust on Angels' bench

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When the Angels traded for Alberto Callaspo last month general manager Tony Reagins was “defiant” in insisting that it wouldn’t lead to Brandon Wood being further phased out of the team’s plans, but predictably that’s exactly what happened.
Earl Bloom of the Orange County Register notes that the Angels have basically been playing with a 24-man roster following the trade, as Wood has batted exactly one time since Callaspo joined the team on July 23.
While the Angels cling to contention and a .500 record at 57-57 and manager Mike Scioscia hands center field over to rookie Peter Bourjos, the fact that Wood has essentially been nailed to the bench for three weeks says all there is to know about his role in the team’s long-term plans at this point. He’s out of minor-league options and thus can’t be sent to Triple-A, but the Angels aren’t quite ready to risk losing him on waivers for nothing yet.
Despite being 25 years old with a .181 batting average and 126/11 K/BB ratio in 421 career plate appearances Wood would almost surely get snatched off waivers by some team willing to give him a shot, so my guess is that he’ll continue to collect dust down the stretch before being traded for pennies on the dollar this offseason.

Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord

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John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.

The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.

Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.

The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.