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First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. Coincidentally, one day later, Rudy Owens made his Major League debut for the Houston Astros. Owens didn't fare well, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work. But the end of Rodriguez's tenure in Pittsburgh, and the debut of Owens give us a good chance to revisit the July 2012 trade.

The Pirates sent Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain to Houston to get Wandy Rodriguez, who came with money being paid by the Astros. At the time of the deal, I didn't like the trade. I had been a Wandy Rodriguez fan through his prime, but the stats showed that he was on a decline. He had been struggling with the Astros, putting up a 5.54 ERA in 63.1 innings in the two months leading up to the trade. His strikeout numbers saw an annual decline, dating back to 2008, and really dropping off in 2012.

What happened with Rodriguez after the trade was surprising, considering those trends. He had a 3.72 ERA in...

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