Pirates Trade For Wandy Rodriguez, Give Up Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain
This is how the headlines in their local papers probably read:
- Pirates Wave Magic Wand-y
- Rudy Tuesday’s Now Black Friday
- Gross, man! Pirates Trade Robbie Grossman
- Cain Is Agree-ABLE in Trade to Houston
Aside from the number of great puns available, the trade is actually a good move for both teams. The Pirates will strengthen their rotation through 2014 by acquiring a pitcher who hasn’t seen an ERA above 4 since 2007 without surrendering any of their top prospects. The Pirates will also exclusively throw curveballs, apparently.
Meanwhile, the Astros were able to pick up a lefthanded starter in Rudy Owens who should give the team six cost-controlled years of back-of-the-rotation performance and who could be immediately called up to replace the hole that Rodriguez will leave. In addition, they also snagged Robbie Grossman, an on-base machine who showed off impressive power last season and whose depressed numbers this year could be related to a hand injury carrying over from last season. Last, they also picked up Colton Cain who carries the highest risk of not reaching the Major Leagues, but at only 21, has plenty of time to progress through the system.
While some could quibble with the lack of potential superstar talent the the Astros received, there are at least two probable Major Leaguers coming back in the deal for the 33-year-old Rodriguez who has seen his ERA rise considerably over the last month of the season.