Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 7/25/12
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There are a lot of things to be discussed right now, but before we start discussing them we need to get the obvious thing out of the way: the Pirates traded for Wandy Rodriguez last night and they sent Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain to the Astros in return. There are some particulars that need hashed out: the Astros owe Rodriguez $13 million in 2013, when he'll be 34,  and they have a $13 million team option ($2.5 million buyout) in 2014. On one hand, this means the Pirates aren't just picking up a two-month rental to help them in this particular playoff run. On the other, it means that Wandy is old and expensive. The good news is that the Astros are eating some cost in the deal; according to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates will pay Rodriguez $8.5 million this year and the option will be $7.5 million in 2014 (DK calls the option a player option instead of a team option, which is different from how Baseball Prospectus/Cot's has it listed; I'm honestly not sure which it is)...
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