Astros GM happy to have Wandy Rodriguez back in Houston
Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez began his career with the Houston Astros, signing with the club in 1999 and spending eight seasons there from 2005 to 2012.
Earlier this week, Houston announced it a signing of Rodriguez, pitcher Edwar Cabrera and infielder Danny Worth to minor-league deals with spring training invites:
#Astros officially sign LHP Edwar Cabrera, LHP Wandy Rodriguez and IF Danny Worth to minor league contracts with invites to Spring Training.— Houston Astros (@astros) January 26, 2016
Rodriguez, now 37, spent three season with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2012 to 2014 and was a member of the Texas Rangers last year, making 15 starts and going 6-4 with a 4.90 ERA during that span.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle that he's glad to have Rodriguez, one of just two players still in MLB from the Astros' 2005 World Series club along with Chad Qualls - back in town:
“We’re excited to have Wandy back in the organization. He gave us a lot of quality years here. He provides us some very much needed pitching depth to this critical season.”
The Astros have been seeking pitching depth all offseason and while Rodriguez might not be a frontline starter at this point in his career, should he impress the team enough to earn a roster spot in the spring he'd surely provide some veteran stability at the back end of the rotation and/or in the bullpen.