Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 7/25/12
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for three minor league prospects.

Next Level SN's Michael Waterloo covers the Pirates for ovathletics.com and has provided an inside reaction from the Pirates, including General Manager, Neal Huntington  It is being reported that the Pirates will pay $1.7, $8.5 million over the next two seasons, with a player option of $7.5 million for the third and final year remaining on Rodriguez’s contract.

"As we talked from day one of the trading season, we’ve been open to strengthening our club via pitching or via position player. The pitching market is much more plentiful than the position player market. We had an opportunity to make a move for a player we liked at an acquisition cost we felt was appropriate and made the deal,” Huntington said.

Huntington continued, “Part of it is multiple years. We got him for the rest of this year and next year. We felt this was a good acquisition for us. The option turns into a player option for 2014. There is the possibility that he could be with us for 2015 as well. That’s appealing to us. We liked the innings, we liked the strikeouts, and we liked the ERA.”

“He’s a competitor and has very quietly been one of the better pitchers in Major League Baseball over the past three-four years.”

Manager Clint Hurdle was pleased with the deal as well.

“I’m happy. I’m happy with adding the player. I’ve had to prep for him for years, since he’s broke into the league. From an offensive side and a managerial side, even when I was with Texas with the interleague, we’d face him. I’ve had my eyes on him for a while. He competes. He’s been tough to hit, any team that I’ve had. He’d been tough to beat. I really feel that him getting an opportunity now to make a change get to a club. A fresh start I think is going to help. A club that is going to welcome him. I think there’s still a quality skill-set in there and a guy that has an opportunity to breathe a little bit different and get involved in the game in a little bit of a different aspect than he has in the past three or four years. We’re excited to have him and add him,” Hurdle said.

Pirates’ shortstop, Clint Barmes thinks that Rodriguez will help this young ball club out.

“Just look at who he is and what he’s done. I think it’s pretty safe to say that he’s going to come in here and help us out a lot,” Barmes said.

The Pirates will send outfielder Robbie Grossman, and a pair of lefties, Colton Cain and Rudy Owens, to Houston.

“An important point for us is trying to add beyond a rental piece. To add a pitcher of the quality of Wandy Rodriguez with a year maybe two years of control an impact for us we felt was a good move given the upcoming free agent market and given the stability and impact that he’s made,” Huntington said.

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