July 31st, 2011
by lisagray

Doesn’t mean that Wandy and the ol WB can’t be traded next month and I wouldn’t be surprised if Wandy is – like I said, there are a LOT of teams who want him. At least I still have someone to cheer for.

From mlbtraderumors.com, here’s a summary (thank you Tim Dierkes) of today’s tweets about Wandy.

2:37pm: Rodriguez is likely to stay with the Astros, tweets Morosi.  Jon Heyman points out that he’s a candidate for an August deal.

1:51pm: The Yankees’ talks for Rodriguez are officially dead, tweets Stark.  Jon Heyman says the Yankees wanted the Astros to pick up half his contract.  Nothing is close for now, but it looks like the Blue Jays or nothing for Wandy according to Stark.

1:46pm: The Astros don’t want to pay down Rodriguez’s contract, tweets Heyman, so a trade seems unlikely.  Morosi says the Blue Jays have entered the bidding, however.

11:49am: There’s a 50/50 chance of Rodriguez being traded somewhere, tweets Morosi.  The Yankees have strong interest, tweets Stephen Goff.

11:20am: The Yankees and Astros discussed Wandy as recently as this morning, tweets Jon Paul Morosi.

11:10am: Rodriguez would have to fall into the Yankees’ laps, tweets Jack Curry.  The Astros would have to eat a “huge chunk” of his contract, tweets Buster Olney.  The Astros are surprised by the lack of interest and haven’t shown an indication they’re willing to include a lot of money, tweets Sherman.  Here’s a link to my post earlier this month about whether Rodriguez is overpaid.

10:33am: The Yankees are trying for Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  However, Joel Sherman tweets that there is no sense from the Yankees’ side that they are anywhere near a deal.

The Astros will move Rodriguez only if they get impact prospects, tweets Rosenthal.  They’d have to pay a chunk of the $38.3MM that will be owed to Rodriguez through 2014 if he exercises his player option for that season.

Note that some of the tweeters are Yankee writers/fans. Teams know how terrible Ed Wade is at trading, seeing as how he got nothing good for his top 2 chips. Or Keppinger – those guys aren’t likely to sniff AAA, let alone the majors.

I wonder how many years Crane is gonna get away with minimal payrolls and horrid minor league teams saying the Astros are trying to get better but he can’t increase payroll because no one is coming to the Box to watch minor league caliber players get their heads beat in.

The Pirates got away with it for a dozen years because they’d always sign some end of the line veteran to trade at the deadline, sign some player to a multi-year deal without a no-trade and then trade him. And the owner raked in zillions.

Of course, he had to take SOME crap from the media because in Pittsburgh, amidst all the stupid football worshippers, there are a couple of sports media guys who actually CARE about baseball and are not just team mouthpieces and they weren’t told to shut up by their editors as the Chron reporters seem to have been, seeing as how won’t NONE of em say so much as a peep about the implications of what Crane has actually SAID.

Not to mention nothing from the Houston Press or the radio guys.

I guess if Crane keeps buying all that advertising they never will.

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