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Wandy Rodriguez: A target of the Yankees?
Rumored to be a target of the Yankees at the trading deadline, the Yankees should once again target Wandy Rodriguez of the Houston Astros.
There has been speculation Rodriguez will be traded from the last-place Astros, and he matches up well with the Yankees. The Yankees have a very questionable rotation, with the only sure-thing being CC Sabathia. While Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have provided some much needed depth and enjoyable success to the Yankees this season, there is no telling how much longer they will be effective.
Wandy is currently 8-9 with a 3.50 ERA for the Astros. With a little more run support, he should be able to pick up some more wins with a team like the Yankees. Not to mention, he has to be better than A.J. Burnett.
Another intriguing option would be Rich Harden of the A's. Harden was placed on waivers this past week, and despite his injury history, could be quite a pick-up for the Yankees. Boston targeted him at the deadline, only to have the deal fall through on July 31. With Harden only being owed about 316K, plus performance incentives for the rest of the season, this would be a low-risk, high-reward pick-up.
Regardless, the Yankees need pitching help. Badly.