What Wandy Rodriguez represented as the last remaining link to the Astros' 2005 World Series team is undeniable.

But it's another last linkage that really hits hard given the events of this month, which have culminated in Rodriguez being the latest Astros veteran to be traded, going to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rodriguez represents the last major effort for the Astros to be competitive before they blew the whole thing up and left the roster in the shambles that it is today.