Pirates Acquire Wandy Rodriguez

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter, the Pirates have traded for Astros pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Tom Singer broke that the Bucs were closing on on Rodriguez in his blog, Change for a Nickel.

Rodriguez has played his entire eight-year career for Houston, and has a 3.61 ERA through 83 starts in the past three seasons. This season, he has started in 21 games, going 7-9 with a 3.79 ERA. He has lowered his strikeout rate to 6.1 per nine innings, his lowest since his rookie 2005 season, but also has a career-low walk rate, at 2.2 BB/9. His 3.90 xFIP and .287 BABIP (career average is .299) show that he isn’t due for much regression, if any.

He is owed $13 million in 2013 and the same in 2014, but that season is a team option with a $2.5 million buyout player option due to his trade to Pittsburgh. Rodriguez’s next scheduled start would have been against the Pirates, so it will be interesting to see if the Bucs start him against his former team in his Pirates debut.

There is no word on who or what the Pirates sent back in return.


The Pirates have reportedly sent back outfielder Robbie Grossman in the trade. Grossman is playing for the AA Altoona Curve, hitting .262/.374/.403 in 94 games.


The Pirates have also traded middle infielder Alen Hanson to the Astros. Hanson catapulted up the Pirates’ prospect list after an incredible start to the season, hitting .319 with a .935 OPS in 96 games for the West Virginia Power. If Hanson is included in this trade, the Pirates have to be getting something else in return.


Alen Hanson is not included in the trade, instead the Pirates send Rudy Owens and Colton Cain to Houston. Cain was an eighth round pick in 2009, and has pitched decently in high-A ball for the Bradenton Marauders. Rudy Owens can be a future #3 starter, but he’s been stuck in AAA Indy for the past two seasons. I still think that if the Astros are getting three mid-level prospects, they must be sending cash in return.


According to Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette, the Astros have, in fact, included cash. They are sending $12 million over the next three seasons – $2 million this year, $4.5 million next year, and $5.5 million in 2014.


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