The Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to a lot of big names throughout the month of July, in their search to find help for their run at contending in 2012. Names like Chase Headley, Justin Upton, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and even Billy Butler were mentioned in connection with the Pirates. But when the deadline came, the Pirates acquired a different group of players -- a group which might not have made the biggest splash, but did upgrade the team.
Last week, leading up to the deadline, the Pirates added left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez in exchange for outfield prospect Robbie Grossman, and left-handed pitching prospects Rudy Owens and Colton Cain. Rodriguez stepped in to the rotation, replacing Kevin Correia, and moving Correia to the bullpen.
On the eve of the trade deadline...
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