I'm baffled by this one. They gave up Rudy Owens (LHP)
, Robbie Grossman
(OF), and Colton Cain (LHP)
. Coming into the season, Goldstein ranked:
- Grossman as 4 stars
- Cain as 3 stars
- Owens as 2 stars.
I gotta think the Twins would have taken that package for Liriano. Plus, Rodriguez is going to cost the fiscally conservative Pirates $13M next year. He's a good pitcher, maybe better than Liriano, but I can't believe Liriano wouldn't have been a better fit for them because of that contract.
But the news gets worse, I think. I've been of the opinion that the Pirates need to add some hitting. (They've been better, but they're still 23rd in the majors.) Span looked like a good fit. But if they just committed that much money (and that many prospects) to Rodriguez, I have to think they're done.