The Wandy Rodriguez trade is looking good right now. Photo credit: David Hague

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez last year at the trade deadline, I wasn't a fan of the move. For one, I really liked Robbie Grossman's upside. I also didn't think Rodriguez was the same pitcher he was a few years ago.

From 2008-2010, Rodriguez combined for a 3.36 ERA, along with an 8.4 K/9 and a 2.9 BB/9 ratio. Since then his strikeouts have dropped slowly, ending up about 2.0 K/9 lower than that three-year span. He has lowered his walks slightly in the process.

Rodriguez didn't look as dominant, but if there's one thing he's showing, it's that he still knows how to pitch. One concern I had with Rodriguez was that he was starting to get hit around in the two months before the trade....

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