The big news this week was the departure of Wandy Rodriguez, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates. Rodriguez will be replaced in the rotation by Brandon Cumpton, who has an opportunity to claim his spot for good. Ryan Palencer wrote about why the choice of Cumpton from Triple-A was the obvious one to make for the Pirates. I revisited the Rodriguez trade, which sent Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain to Houston in 2012.

**Earlier in the week, I wondered how long the Pirates could give Edinson Volquez. I think Volquez will get a longer leash than Rodriguez. He has shown flashes of good performances this year, which is something we barely saw out of Rodriguez. He also has better numbers, and his ERA has been inflated by an unlucky HR/FB ratio. After a good start this ...

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