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Grade-a-Trade: Wandy Rodriguez for Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain

| July 31, 2012 | 1 Comment

Wandy Rodriguez - PiratesAs part of the 2012 push for the playoffs, the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez in exchange for Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman and Colton Cain.   This trade will take some time to evaluate the winner and loser, likely years before the three guys that the Pirates gave up in the deal become a known commodity enough to determine whether or not this is a win or a loss.

Initially, I personally like this deal as it gives up a position of depth in pitching (Owens and Cain) in exchange for a known commidity with a solid track record and multiple years of control in Rodriguez.  Grossman and Owens have combined to be the Pirates minor league players of the year for the past three years, but that is as much an indicator of the system those three years than the players.   I do think that Owens could have helped the team this year, considering guys like Bedard are in the rotation despite a major league worst 12 losses at the time of me writing this, and Kevin Correia having spent most of the season in the rotation as well.   But in a playoff race, you want the guys who have experience and have been there before, and Wandy qualifies as such.

Initial fan reaction has been mostly positive to this trade, and I personally would grade it as a B+ right now.  If Wandy can help this team get to the playoffs and advance, this trade becomes an A.  This trade will be revisited in the years to come to determine how well it turned out in hindsight.



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