Remember when Wandy Rodriguez was a vital part of the Rangers' starting rotation? Think hard for a minute and it'll come back to you, because it was only this past season — you know, the season that saw the Rangers win the AL West?
Rodriguez was designated for assignment when some of the Rangers' injured starting pitchers began returning, but not before he set the club record for consecutive batters retired with 34 back in May, spanning two starts.
Now, the 37-year-old lefty is trying to stick around in the bigs by inking a minor-league deal with the Houston Astros, who very well might be able to use him as their rotation is pretty thin after the top two or so.
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Rodriguez spent the majority of his 11-year career with Houston and pitched in the 2005 World Series for Houston, which was swept by the Chicago White Sox.