The Pirates, who lead the Cardinals by 4 1/2 games entering play Tuesday, have made a big move to try to bolster their playoff push.
Pittsburgh on Tuesday traded three prospects to the Astros for starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez.
It's a curious move for the Pirates who have pretty good pitching but who struggle to score runs. Rodriguez isn't cheap, with a contract that pays $10 million in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and that has an option for $13 million in 2014 with a $2.5 million buyout. The Pirates entire team payroll this year is lest that $52 million.
Houston will, apparently, offer Pittsburgh some cash to offset Rodriguez's salary. But it is unclear at this point how much that will be.
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Rodriguez is 7-9 with a 3.39 ERA so far this year. Pittsburgh had to give up lefty pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain and outfield prospect Robbie Grossman to get the lefty starter.
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