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.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.