(July 24, 2012) -- The Houston Astros have traded left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-handed pitcher Rudy Owens, outfielder Robbie Grossman and left-handed pitcher Colton Cain.
Rodriguez, 33, is 7-9 this season with a 3.79 ERA (55ER/130.2IP) in 21 starts for the Astros. He was originally a product of the Astros Dominican Academy, having signed with the club in January of 1999. Rodriguez pitched nearly eight full seasons with Houston (2005-12) and owns a career 80-84 record and a 4.04 ERA (587ER/1306.2IP) in 227 appearances (218 starts).
“Wandy has been a terrific pitcher for the Astros for a long time,” said Luhnow. “Trading a player like Wandy is not easy, but we know this deal is a very good one for us, the Pirates and for Wandy. We thank him for all he has done for the Astros and wish him continued success.”