Both Wandy Rodriguez's new manager and his once-former teammate felt the same way about him joining the Pirates: They are excited to see what he can do in a competitive environment.

Clint Barmes played with Rodriguez for the Houston Astros for one season before he joined the Pirates. He said joining a division race could help Rodriguez, the left-handed starter the Pirates traded for Tuesday night.

"Those last few years with the Astros, the team struggled," Barmes said.