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The Astros' No. 1 starter is also their most sought-after trade target.
Rodriguez is having another stellar season, and has posted a 3.54 ERA while leading a young Houston staff.
The 34-year-old is the Astros' ace and is under contract for another two seasons. He’s on the book for $10 million in 2013 and $13 million in 2014.
That's pretty reasonable money for a pitcher of his caliber, but for a team that is in full-on rebuilding mode like Houston, that $10 million price tag is a little steep.
This is why Rodriguez might be moved at the deadline.
Here are a few of his possible destinations:
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox are in the middle of a fierce division race, and their rotation is a major weakness in comparison to the other teams in the AL East.
Last week, Boston’s first-year GM Ben Cherington discussed the need for starting pitching on MLB network radio.
Rodriguez would certainly fit the bill, and would prosper at the back-end of the Sox's staff.
Boston has never been shy about making splashy moves, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Red Sox make a push for him.
Chicago White Sox
GM Kenny Williams has always been aggressive near the deadline.
With John Danks out until late August, Williams will definitely look to add a pitcher to shore up the rotation.
Rodriguez would step in right away and deliver quality innings, which is key as the White Sox attempt to stay on top of the AL Central.
Expect Williams to go hard after starting pitching at the deadline to make Rodriguez a real possibility for Chicago.
The only problem is that the White Sox farm system is absolutely barren, so they would have to get very creative to make the deal.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays started Tuesday at 40-39 and in last place in the AL East, but it seems as if they are doing everything possible to upgrade their roster.
They need the most work on their pitching staff, because a number of members of their rotation are out with injuries.
According to mlbtraderumors.com, the Jays are going all out in their pursuit of starting pitchers, and they have been linked to Rodriguez as trade rumors swirl.
Recently, the Blue Jays have sent multiple scouts to Rodriguez's starts, and it would be no surprise to see him pitching up north by the end of the season.