In yet another paradigm shift in this bizarro-world Pirate universe we now live in, the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night from the Astros for three Pirate prospects -- Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain. In our recent mid-season update, we had those three ranked 7th, 9th, and 20th, respectively.
For Tim's "First Pitch" piece tonight, he will be examining the trade from the Trade Surplus angle using the Prospect Trade Surplus Values we re-developed on the site here last month. This article will take a look at what exactly we gave up.
At first glance, I'm guessing that the Houston Astros really wanted Texas-themed players, so let's be thankful that Jameson Taillon wasn't in the deal. Both Cain and Grossman attended high school in Texas and were both University of Texas recruits snatched away by the Pirates. Apparently Owens just likes barbeque and that was good enough for the Astros.
Rudy Owens (draft 2006) has had a resurgent season in 2012 after h...