Pirates acquire Wandy Rodriguez from Astros

July 24, 2012 | WNST Staff

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left-handed pitcher
Wandy Rodriguez and cash from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain and outfielder Robbie Grossman. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 33-year-old Rodriguez went 7-9 with a 3.79 ERA (130.2ip/55er) and 89 strikeouts in 21 starts for the Astros this year. Prior to his July 18 start with Houston, Rodriguez pitched at least 5.0 or
more innings in 48 straight starts, which was the longest active streak in the National League and the third-longest in the Majors behind C.C. Sabathia (76 games) and Justin Verlander (71 games).

“Wandy Rodriguez is a quality starting pitcher and we are pleased to add him to our club,” said Huntington. “Wandy has quietly ranked among the upper echelon of Major League starting pitchers
the last three seasons in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts among other categories. We believe he will be a solid addition to our rotation for the remainder of this season and beyond.”

Since the beginning of the 2009 season, Rodriguez trails only Clayton Kershaw and Cole Hamels among all National League southpaws in strikeouts (626) and wins (43).

Overall in Major League Baseball since 2009, Rodriguez ranks 21st in strikeouts and 25th in ERA (3.44).

Rodriguez has posted at least 10 wins four times since breaking into the big leagues in 2005 with Houston, including a career-high 14 wins in 2009. At the time of the trade, he ranked first all-time
in Astros history among lefthanders in strikeouts (1093) and second in wins (80).

Via a MLB Press Release