Pirates pick up Left Hander Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros

The Pirates made a move yesterday to add depth to their pitching rotation.  In a four player deal the Pirates traded for Houston Left Hander Wandy Rodriguez.  Rodriguez is 7-9 this season with a 3.79 ERA. 

The Pirates gave up three of their top 16 prospects in the deal.  Pitchers Rudy Owens and Cotton Cain are headed to Houston a long with the Pirates Outfielder Robbie Grossman.  Grossman is the 7th ranked prospect in the Pirates organization and was the Minor League Player of the Year for the Pirates last season.

The Pirates did make out well financially in the deal as Houston will pay part of Rodriguez’s salary for each of the next 3 years.  The Pirates only owe $1.7 million this season.  $8.5 million of the $13 million next season and $7.5 of the $13 million if Rodriguez signs a player option in 2014.