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Pirates designate Wandy Rodriguez for assignment

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Wandy Rodriguez has been dropped from the roster.
Wandy Rodriguez has been dropped from the roster. (USATSI)

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The Pirates have designated left-hander Wandy Rodriguez for assignment, the team announced. The move clears a roster spot for catcher Russell Martin, who was activated off the 15-day DL.

At $7.5 million, Rodriguez was the Pittsburgh's second highest paid player behind Martin ($9.5 million) and just ahead of Andrew McCutchen ($7.4 million). The Astros are paying $5.5 million of his $13 million salary. He is the third highest paid player on Houston's payroll this year.

Rodriguez, 35, had a 6.75 ERA with a 1.69 WHIP in six starts and 26 2/3 innings this year. He somehow allowed 10 homers during that time. Wandy had a 3.59 ERA in 62 2/3 innings just last season, so it seems likely some team will pick him up off the scrap heap.

Because of his salary, Rodriguez will surely go unclaimed on waivers and be released. The Pirates (and Astros) will still owe him his full salary, but any other team can sign him for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum.

Right-hander Brandon Cumpton is likely to take Wandy's place in the rotation. The 25-year-old has a 2.70 ERA in 43 1/3 innings over the last two seasons.

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