Report: Wandy Rodriguez will get claimed on waivers

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Danny Knobler of CBSSports says there is “a growing belief in baseball” that Wandy Rodriguez will be placed on waivers this week and that at least one team will put in a claim.

The Yankees discussed a Rodriguez trade prior to the July 31 deadline, but talks broke down amid reports that the Bombers wanted the Astros to eat $17 million of the $38 million owed to the left-hander through 2014.  Knobler says the Yankees are no longer interested in Rodriguez.

That even the Yankees wanted the Astros to take on so much of the salary suggested that Rodriguez would probably clear waivers this month.  However, Knobler doesn’t believe that’s the case.  He says it’s likely at least one NL team will put in a claim.

The Astros could simply let Rodriguez go if he is claimed on waivers.  Doing so would free them from his entire salary, but they wouldn’t get anything in return.  Alternatively, they could pull him back and attempt to trade him to the claiming team.  If that were to happen, the Astros might eat some salary and get a prospect back for him.

If Rodriguez instead clears waivers, the Astros will be free to deal him to any team through the end of the regular season.  The only issue there is that he’d have to be traded prior to Sept. 1 to be postseason eligible for his new team.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.