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Pirates acquire Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez

Jul 24, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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It’s not quite a done deal yet, but MLB.com’s Tom Singer brings word that the Pirates are “focusing their quest for pitching help” on Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and have “pulled the plug on other prospective deals” at the moment in order to concentrate on executing this one potential swap.

Rodriguez has posted a 3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 89/32 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings this season for last-place Houston. The 33-year-old southpaw is owed $13 million in 2013 and carries a $13 million club option (with a $2.5 million buyout) for 2014. He’s making $10 million here in 2012.

The Bucs have been tied recently to left-hander Francisco Liriano of the Twins and Paul Maholm, who is currently with the Cubs but spent the first seven seasons of his major league career with Pittsburgh.

The Pirates entered play Tuesday night with a 54-41 record, ranking second in the National League Central.

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UPDATE, 9:08 PM: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that a trade has officially been agreed upon.

UPDATE, 9:33 PM: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says that Pirates outfield prospect Robbie Grossman is headed to the Astros in the deal. The 22-year-old former sixth-round pick is batting .262/.374/.403 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 94 games this season at the Double-A level. More to come.

UPDATE, 9:42 PM: According to Heyman, the Astros are also getting Rudy Owens, a 24-year-old left-hander with a 3.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 85/25 K/BB ratio in 19 starts this season at Triple-A, and Colton Cain, a 21-year-old southpaw with a 4.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 51/25 K/BB ratio in 16 starts this season at High-A.

UPDATE, 9:49 PM: CBS Sports’ Scott Miller adds that the Astros will be sending Pittsburgh “lots” of cash.

  1. lazlosother - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Good for the Pirates. This team has sucked for a long time and it’s good to see them in it for once. Hopefully they can continue to build and compete.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      Per John Morosi, the deal is as follows:

      “CONFIRMED: #Pirates get LHP Wandy Rodriguez and cash from #Astros for Rudy Owens, Colton Cain and Robbie Grossman.”

      • paperlions - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        Looks like a good haul for Houston.

        Surprised that Pittsburgh is trying to acquire more pitching….that isn’t their area of need. They have 2 starting position players with an OBP above .307….that’s a lot of outs in a lineup.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM

        It appears the ‘Stros will be picking up around $12 million of Wandy’s salary over the course of his contract assuming he does exercise his player option.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        I agree with paper, I wouldn’t have expected Pittsburgh to go after pitching first. Who steps down out of the rotation?

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        Correia will drop out of the rotation which I am fine with. Bedard has pitched better than his W-L would indicate.

        I think Wandy has a really great opportunity pitching in spacious PNC. I’m happy with the deal especially given we didn’t give up Cole, Taillon, Hansen, Marte, Heredia, Bell, etc. to get him

  2. stex52 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    And so the mass exodus is nearly over. The Astros are just about out of anybody of any value above AAA. I think they will probably end up keeping Altuve, Lowrie and Castro, and I wouldn’t give much for anyone else.

    How in hell they will finish the season is beyond my powers of prediction.

    Good luck, Wandy!

    • florida76 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Nice trade for both clubs. Houston adds some prospects with the possibility of some help later, while the Bucs didn’t have to surrender any elite prospects for the lefty they needed. Although Erik Bedard has pitched better than his record including his last outing, he also has trouble staying healthy.

  3. gostros19 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Whose coming in return?

    • stex52 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Haven’t seen yet. Hopefully an outfielder who can hit his weight. But we need everything.

  4. Ben - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    So far so good for the Astros, the moves they’ve made have been pretty respectable. And it’s cool to see the Pirates acting like, you know, a contendor. They sold out the other day! Way cool.

  5. bouwel92 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Probably nothin but prospects comin our way, but hopefully we dont trade Norris. I belive i

  6. taz101 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    I heard for Grossman. Not confirmed, though… and not from the most reliable source.

  7. randygnyc - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    The Pirates fan base deserve a winning team. I was at the pirates/braves alcs game when Sid bream broke the hearts of pirates fans. I actually think they’ll finish the year over .500. I hope so.

  8. xavier46 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Grossman and Henson according to Morosi

    • xavier46 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Correction: Hanson not in deal. Pirates get LHP Wandy Rodriguez & cash from #Astros for Rudy Owens, Colton Cain and Robbie Grossman. -Morosi

  9. gostros19 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Robbie Grossman? I played against him in high school. Think Astros coulda done better..

  10. taz101 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    If it’s Grossman AND Hanson, I hate it for the Buccos.

  11. taz101 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Nevermind. It’s officially Owens, Cain & Grossman.

  12. js20011041 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    I think I like this trade for both sides. The Pirates upgrade the starting staff without giving up a major prospect and the Astros continue to move veterans for young players.

  13. prosourcetalk - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Great move for the Pirates, you can never have enough good pitching. Now go grab another bat or two

  14. jkaflagg - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Good luck to Wandy & the Bucs this year…..We’ll see you in the Series a few years from now !

  15. stlouis1baseball - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Great to see Pittsburgh doing so well this year. I am also happy to see them continue to try to bolster their lineup (although I expected them to forgoe picking up a pitcher in favor of a position player).
    Nevertheless, great for Pittsburgh. Go NL Central!

  16. joewilliesshnoz - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Looks like the Bucs might be shopping a starter for a hitter, after this deal, maybe Correa.

  17. lucidsportsfan - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    The Astros management resembles that of the fictional Cleveland Indians from “Major League” http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_07_22_archive.html#454141045252926854

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