As you’ve probably heard the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for LHP Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros. The Pirates sent the Astros LHP Rudy Owens, LHP Colton Cain, and OF Robbie Grossman. They will also receive $12 million dollars in cash, depending on if Wandy exercises his 2014 player option.
Personally, I like the trade. Did the Pirates maybe overpay a little bit? I think you could make the case, but that’s the only way to get a deal done early. Quality LHP are hard to come by, LHP with years of control are even harder. When you are talking about acquiring non-rentals it takes quality to get quality.
I had Cain and Grossman in my preseason top ten, I’m not sure I would have either one in there now.
Grossman has some decent plate discipline but his numbers are nowhere near overwhelming. He could become an MLB regular, he very easily could just flame out. His bat plays well in CF, but he isn’t great shakes out there.
Cain’s numbers are also just alright as a 21 year old in A+. He is looking at spending a full season at every level having signed out of college.
Rudy Owens is a solid lefty who profiles as a number four starter, three at best.
I think the deal was fair. No one got robbed here.
Part of the reason in my mind that they were willing to deal a guy like Grossman is because he was a Rule V candidate. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them clear out a few more Rule V candidates instead of losing them in the draft. This move cleared two forty man roster spots, though one will be filled by Wandy himself.