Report: Phillies nearing a deal with Wandy Rodriguez

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Per Phillies Spanish play-by-play broadcaster Angel Ibo Castillo on Twitter, free agent pitcher Wandy Rodriguez is traveling to Philadelphia for a physical. If all goes well, the two sides will come to terms on a contract, presumably of the minor league variety. The lefty is expected to compete for a starting rotation spot.

Rodriguez, who turns 36 in January, has been limited to just 18 starts over the past two seasons due to a left forearm injury and a right knee issue which required surgery in June. Since joining the Pirates in July 2012, the veteran posted a 4.16 ERA with a 162/67 K/BB ratio in 164 1/3 innings.