Unless there is a last minute settlement SP Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston Astros will be in a St. Petersburg, FL salary arbitration hearing room today.
The sides are a considerable distance apart, with Rodriguez seeking $7 million and the Astros Â offering Â $5 million. Of the starting pitchers within the 4-year service time class, Rodriguezâ€™ $7 million asking figure ranks behind Justin Verlanderâ€™s $9.5 million and Felix Hernandezâ€™ $11.5 million, but ahead of Edwin Jacksonâ€™s $6.25 million and Josh Johnsonâ€™s $5 million asking figures. All four of those pitchers reached multi-year contracts.
Rodriguez went 14-12 in 33 starts last season while posting career highs in innings pitched (205.2), ERA (3.02), Â and WHIP (1.240) while giving up 21 HRs, 77 runs, and a career high 192 hits.
We will be updating as soon as the arbitration panel members are set. Look for a detailed analysis of Wandy Rodriguez case on Thursday, should the sides go to hearing today.
For more on salary arbitration, see the following:
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