The Rockies are going to try to get Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros again

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The Rockies claimed Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez on waivers (off waivers? Hurm) in August and tried hard to make a deal for him but it fell though. Now Troy Renck of the Denver Post says they’ll make a second run at Rodriguez this winter.

Rodriguez makes a goodly bit of money — $36 million over three years — but Renck reports that Colorado was willing to take on his whole contract in a deal when they talked in August. The dealbreaker was talent headed back to Houston, not the dollars.  Renck says that the Rockies will be “aggressive” in their pursuit of Rodriguez once again, so the Astros’ ace may be on the move.

 

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.