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  1. Any thought that this might be to ensure fair trade value if they do decide to trade him? Seemingly would cost more if he’s under club control for 2 more years as opposed to an FA at the end of the season.

    Comment by Travis — January 26, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  2. Wandy with that contract signed is more an asset than he was as just a guy entering his final year of arbitration — that is assuming he doesn’t have a no trade…

    Comment by Rick — January 26, 2011 @ 10:19 am

  3. Yea, if he can stay healthy, wouldn’t he be fairly attractive to be moved at the deadline for the next 3 years? He has been consistent measured by all metrics, and is signed at or below market value.

    Comment by John — January 26, 2011 @ 10:53 am

  4. one trade that i think could be good for both sides would be wandy to the yankees. the yankees desperately, again DESPERATELY need starting pitching, especially left handed starting pitching. they would be willing to give the farm away for a solid guy with almost ace potential who can strike out 8+/9IP and has that intangible postseason experience. add on to that the fact that the astros can drop about 10mil off their roster this year and 34 in the next 3 years while picking up a couple top prospects like montero or banuelos, and it seems like a good deal for both sides. the astros save money and stock up on some top 50 prospects while the yankees employ their continual win now strategy by filling the need for both left handed starting pitching and a viable #2 to CC. maybe the yankees would even be willing to ship some cash to houston too, if the astros are lucky!

    Comment by phoenix2042 — January 26, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  5. Wandy doesn’t rely on overpowering stuff, and he doesn’t have as much mileage on his arm that most 32 year old starters have. I tend to think he’s a guy who will age well.

    Comment by B — January 26, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  6. They should probably just deal him to the Yanks now, if they can. I’d think the Yanks would be interested, especially since he’s a LHP.

    No point waiting til midseason and risk injury, bad 1st half, etc. potentially killing his trade value, especially since the Yanks are still looking hard to fill out their rotation (w/ no Pettitte in sight).

    Comment by Man — January 26, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

  7. This contract is pretty close to the same as Ted Lilly’s contract with the Dodgers (except that Lilly has a no trade clause). However, Wandy is three years younger than Lilly, and presumably is less of an age risk than Lilly. Both Lilly and Wandy put up identically ERA+ over the last three years.

    The Astros have to put a team on the field which is competitive enough to draw fans to the ballpark. That’s what they have to do because that ultimately is the reason that the business exists. It’s not like the Astros have a huge pool of starting pitchers to continually replenish the rotation. If Wandy is not under contract, then the Astros will be culling through the free agent market for starting pitchers in the future. I think I would prefer to take my chances with Wandy.

    Comment by CJ — January 26, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  8. “the odds are long that the Astros will get anything of real value for their money or years.”

    Please please stop writing about the Astros. Your opinions make my blood boil and want to tell you to put away your calculator and watch the game. You seem to take pleasure in writing something snarky about Houston at every opportunity. Why is this?

    Yes he’s 32, but he’s also a soft-tossing lefty who lives and dies by his curveball. He’s never had a huge jump in innings and has not pitched too many innings up to 32.

    His value over the past two seasons have been estimated at $17.9m and $14.7m, so why is it not reasonable to assume, paying $11m a season that the Astros will get fair value from him? His second half to 2010 showed that he’s close to putting it ALL together as a pitcher, and I think, under Brad Arnsberg he can continue at close to that level.

    Comment by JP — January 26, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  9. I was going to sday the same thing, but you’ve stated it so well.

    Comment by Matt — January 26, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

  10. “…at least given many of Ed Wade’s recent moves, in the front office…”
    What recent moves has Ed Wade made lately that are so bad? Last year he signed Brett Myers for next to nothing and got exceptional value. He signed Brandon Lyon and got fair value. He traded crap prospects for Matt Lindstrom, got little value, then traded Lindstrom for equivalent crap prospects — nothing gained or lost. This year he traded an all heat, no head pitcher for a good D SS who might add some pop to the lineup. Barmes woudl have gone on the free agent market and commanded more years and dollars than the $4M he got in arbitration, and there’s a great chance he’ll have value much higher than his salary (and that Paulino ends up being worth squat). Bill Hall was a cheap signing that is sure to bring excess value. What else am I missing?

    Comment by Matt — January 26, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  11. Before you say it… Yes, Feliz sucked.

    Comment by Matt — January 26, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  12. I’m really not following the logic that just because the Astro’s probably won’t compete for the next couple of years, they shouldn’t try to get good value on their signings. Why wouldn’t they want to sign Wandy Rodriguez if it’s a good deal for them and it makes their team better able to win games for the next few seasons? Aren’t baseball teams suppose to try and win as many games as possible?

    Comment by Nathaniel Dawson — January 26, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

  13. Tying in with this new deal… I just got offered Latos $11 and Coghlan $11 for Wandy $13 and Tabata $6. I am looking for some advice… I guess it has to be if Coghlan can produce close to Tabata, because Latos is better than wandy.

    Comment by Chris — January 26, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  14. And he managed to trade Feliz to a division rival for a living human, thus sabotaging their hopes of a playoff spot. I’m not his biggest fan but I have to admire that.

    Comment by nathan — January 26, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

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