Update 10:52 PM EST: Houston will be eating $12-13M of what is left on Rodirguez's contract, tweets ESPN's Jayson Stark.
Of the nearly $30M Wandy Rodriguez will earn through 2014, the Astros will pay between $12-13M of it. #tastesgreat— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 25, 2012
Update 9:45 PM EST: The Pirates have announced the trade. Here are the full details:
Update 9:32 PM EST: The Astros will acquire 22-year-old prospect Robbie Grossman from the Pirates, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Update 9:10 PM EST: It's a done deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Astros will be sending cash considerations to the Pirates for taking on Wandy's multi-year contract. Rodriguez's $13M team option for the 2014 season is now a player option due to the trade.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to trading for left-handed starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros, writes Tom Singer of MLB.com, and have shifted all their focus to landing Rodriguez.
According to Singer, the two sides are close enough to a deal the Pirates have shut down trade talks for other left-handed starting pitchers the team was pursuing, such as Chicago Cubs' starter Paul Maholm and Minnesota Twins' starter Francisco Liriano.
Rodriguez may already have begun the process of undergoing the pre-requisite physical before the deal becomes official, although no announcement is expected Tuesday night.
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