* The Astros' Wandy Rodriguez may be as good as it gets among starting pitchers on this trade market, and that's assuming Houston consents to trading him, which is no certainty. The Astros are talking to other teams, but they remain something of a wild card because they have been reluctant to sell in the past and have a new owner coming in.
* The back ailment of Clay Buchholz and underperformance of John Lackey means the Red Sox could be a surprise team looking for a starting pitcher, too. Ace Jon Lester had to leave his start on Tuesday night with a back ailment but it's not being portrayed as serious.
Career .500 pitcher with 4.10 ERA and 7.6 K / 3.2 BB = 2.41 K/BB, all for Houston. Arrived at majors at age 26, now 32. This year he has a 3.25 ERA in 15 starts, and a 7.3 / 2.6 K/BB, but that K rate is somewhat lower than the previous 2 years and the WHIP and H/9 somewhat higher. We missed him in our series with the Astros. He's essentially league average and fairly durable.
Not sure I'd be excited to throw him out into the AL East when my upside is league average pitching, and the opportunity cost is not seeing Weiland get a shot or seeing if Millwood has anything left.