Wandy Rodriguez, who struggled through six miserable starts with the Pirates last year before ultimately being released, agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies last month. That deal is kaput now that he's failed his physical, however, and he's got a new minor league deal with the Braves.
There is, of course, an amusing side to this story, which is that Rodriguez is an aging veteran going from one of the worst-run teams in baseball to another team in the same division that has a new GM in the midst of a bizarre offseason of his own. Rodriguez will now join Jason Grilli, A.J. Pierzynski and Nick Markakis on the list of Braves veteran offseason acquisitions. The NL East also features the Mets, whose stubborn refusal to improve themselves lately has been mystifying. There are a ton of big markets in the NL East, but only the Nationals are making the most of their spending power.
But there's also a sad side to the Wandy deal -- Rodriguez was for many years an above-average starting pitcher, but now he's about to turn 36, and he can't stay healthy. Here's hoping he can get his career back on track in Atlanta.