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Yankees Interested In Wandy Rodriguez?

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Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (51) of the Houston Astros throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (51) of the Houston Astros throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees might be interested in Houston Astros' left-handed starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Or, they might not. It all depends on what reports you read -- and who you believe.

What we know for sure, according to various reports, is that the 32-year-old Rodriguez has been placed on waivers and could clear today. If you are not familiar, as of Aug. 1 players must pass thru waivers and go unclaimed before a team can trade them.

ESPN reported that the Yankees were not interested in Rodriguez (9-9, 3.31 ERA) because they "feel as if they have six starters for five spots right now and don't see how Rodriguez would fit into their rotation." The New York Post, though, says the Yankees "have been following the cash-dumping Astros."

Ahh, who to believe? We really don't know.

Why would the Yankees want Rodriguez? It does appear that they already have six starters for five spots. Look closer, though, and maybe the Yankees are not certain about the guys they have.

Beyond CC Sabathia all of the Yankee starters have experienced ups and downs this season. Right now Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes are pitching very well. Beyond that, though, question marks. Freddy Garcia is on the disabled list, although he should be back shortly from a cut finger. A.J. Burnett has been terrible, which we talked about over the weekend. Bartolo Colon has a 5.17 ERA in August and there is concern that he is wearing down.

The Yankees could be looking for another potential option for the postseason. Rodriguez, 71-73 for hsi career with a 4.07 ERA, is in the first year of a three-year, $34-million contract.