If Saturday served as an audition, possibly Wandy Rodriguez's second-to-last before the trade deadline, he likely got some pretty good marks from scouts in attendance. Rodriguez dropped his ERA to 3.60 in a seven-inning performance in which he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk and struck out seven. "I felt great," Rodriguez said. "I used a lot of my breaking balls because I felt like I had a good one today." The contract for the 32-year-old will be the big issue as teams must determine his worth relative to the roughly $38 million left on his deal, which if traded turns a 2014 club option into a player option. Of course, the Astros could eat some of the salary as they did with the Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman trades last season. What hurt him Saturday were a pair of solo home runs, one to Marlon Byrd that caught all of the plate and another by Geovany Soto on an 0-2 pitch on which Rodriguez regretted his location.
Wandy has strong showing in second-to-last outing before trade deadline
Houston Chronicle | Jul 24