The Rockies claimed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez off waivers on Tuesday, but trade negotiations didn’t get very far and the 32-year-old has now been pulled back by the Astros. This according to Richard Justice, columnist with the Houston Chronicle.
Rodriguez cannot be placed back on waivers and will finish out the 2011 season with the last-place ‘Stros.
Look for talks to heat up again this winter, when the Astros’ front office will have the luxury of drawing offers from all 29 other teams — not just the Rockies. Houston should be able to add a few more quality youngsters to their improving farm system.
Rodriguez is owed $10 million in 2012, $13 million in 2013, and another $13 million via a vesting option for 2014. He’s a quality starting pitcher, sporting a 3.35 ERA since the start of 2008, but the Astros aren’t really planning to compete for several years and would like to free themselves of another major salary commitment.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.