Wandy Rodriguez has exercised his player option. (Photo by: David Hague)
In a move that was expected, Wandy Rodriguez notified the Pittsburgh Pirates that he has exercised his player option for the 2014 season. The option was originally a club option, but was converted to a player option when Rodriguez was traded. It pays Rodriguez $13 M in 2014, and the Pirates are only on the hook for $7.5 M, with the Houston Astros picking up the other $5.5 M.
Rodriguez will be a wild card next year. He struggled to return this year, dealing with pain every time he tried to rehab his injured forearm. Eventually he was shut down for the year, with the goal of getting healthy for 2014. His recurring problems dealt with arthritis, which isn't a good sign for his future. It's possible that he could return and pitch well, but the Pirates need to view anything from Rodriguez as a bonus at this point. If A.J. Burnett returns, Rodriguez would be the fifth starter, with Jeff Locke as a backup if Rodrig...
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