HOUSTON - APRIL 24: Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park on April 24, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Yep, it's official. If you were watching the game, you just saw Wandy Rodriguez shaking hands with teammates as he was walked into the clubhouse by Gene Coleman, the team's trainer.
That's because he's just been traded to the PIttsburgh Pirates in a deal that's still developing. According to multiple sources in Pittsburgh, the Pirates have wrapped up a deal for the left-hander, who is 7-9 with a 3.79 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings this season.
Houston will reportedly pick up some of the remaining $30 million on his contract, since his 2014 club option turns into a player option after he's been traded. He's owed $13 million next season and a pro-rated portion of his $10 million salary this year.
UPDATE: Robbie Grossman, Colton Cain and Rudy Owensare heading to Houston, it appears. Grossman is a 22-year old center fielder in Double-A who is hitting .262/.374/.403 in 347 at-bats this season. He's hit seven home runs and been successful on 9 of 19 stolen base attempts this season. Wonder if he's ready to take over for Jordan Schafer right now.
No Hanson, but they did add Rudy Owens and Colton Cain, who is a left-handed starter in High A Bradenton, who has started 16 games this season with a 4.20 ERA and a 51/25 strikeout to walk ratio in 75 innings. Owens appears to be a major-league ready starter, who has spent the last two seasons at Triple-A. He's got a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts this season for Indianapolis in the International League. 85 strikeouts, 25 walks in 117 innings.
Of the three, I'm most excited about Owens, but I think Grossman could also make an impact fairly soon (maybe next year?). It's not as good as if Hanson would have been included, but seems to be better than I expected for good ole Wandy.