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Rodriguez will be a hot commodity this winter.
This one isn't that bold, but what the Astros in return could be. They spent the 2011 trade deadline paring down the payroll. They traded Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn and Jeff Keppinger in deals largely designed to cut payroll. They added a lot of good prospects in the process. Pundits think they will do the same with Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers. I think they'll go in a different direction.
When you look at the current roster and the farm system you can see glaring holes at catcher, third base and the bullpen. The Astros could fill some of those holes or all of them in the process of dealing both players. The Rockies wanted Rodriguez but not for Wilin Rosario. They think Rosario is ready. Fine, we'll take Chris Iannetta off their hands. Problem solved. Iannetta has one year left and a team option for 2013.
There are rumors that the Rockies are interested in David Wright. Even though the Mets have said he is not available, anything is possible with a rebuilding team in financial disarray. Okay, let's beat them to the punch and offer Rodriguez and a prospect for David Wright. He is also signed through 2012 with a team option. The Mets get much-needed pitching and fill our third base hole.
Finally, we get the Nationals. They were rumored to have interest in Rodriguez. The Astros could cut payroll two ways by getting Tyler Clippard and Ian Desmond in return. Both are under club control and getting Desmond would allow the Astros to let Clint Barmes go. Meanwhile, Clippard could slide in as the setup man or closer.