Expect Wandy Rodriguez to pick up his player option for 2014. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Wandy Rodriguez put up some good numbers with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the last year. After the trade that brought him over from Houston he posted a 3.72 ERA in 75 innings. The 2012 season was also the fourth year in a row that Rodriguez went 190+ innings in a season.
Because he was traded, his 2014 option year turned from a team option to a player option. That gave him the opportunity to opt out, collect the $2.5 M buyout, and hit the free agent market. At the start of the 2013 season it looked like that was a strong possibility. Rodriguez started off with a 3.59 ERA in 62.2 innings of work over 12 starts. He looked to be on his way to another great season, and a much bigger payday in free age...
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