Wandy Rodriguez has exercised his player option. (Photo by: David Hague)

Wandy Rodriguez Placed on Unconditional Release Waivers

Wandy Rodriguez has been placed on unconditional release waivers, the Pittsburgh Pirates have announced. This essentially cuts ties with Rodriguez, who will be released after he clears waivers.

The Pirates designated Rodriguez for assignment last week, replacing him in the rotation with Brandon Cumpton. His numbers were poor, with a 6.75 ERA, and his velocity was down. He also struggled during two rehab starts in Altoona.

The Pirates are on the hook for Rodriguez’s full salary this year, minus the $5.5 M paid by the Houston Astros. That makes their share $7.5 M.

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    Well, he did help end 20 years of losing. All in all it turned out about as good as you could have expected. He was a guy holding a spot until some of the young guys were ready to take over, and that time is now.

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