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Monday, August 01, 2011
ROBOTHAL NEVER SLEEPS!
The Yankees on Sunday made a play for Houston Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez, but that push was driven by ownership, not Cashman, according to major-league sources. The Yankees were willing to pay $21 million of the $38 million remaining on the final three-plus years of Rodriguez’s contract, according to SI.com. The Astros, on the other hand, were willing to pay $2 million of Rodriguez’s salary this season or $5 million if his option for 2014 were exercised, sources said. But the teams, unable to bridge the financial gap, never even got to the point of discussing names.
Of course, clubs value players differently; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Rangers, according to one source, offered Beane a strong package for closer Andrew Bailey, one believed to include Double-A lefty Robbie Erlin, Double-A righty Joe Weiland and Single-A shortstop Leury Garcia.
Erlin and Weiland are the two pitchers whom the Rangers traded to the Padres for right-handed setup man Mike Adams.
Bailey is under club control through 2014. Whatever the Rangers’ offer was, Beane thought it was not sufficient enough.
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