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Ed Wade just doesn’t get it

Jul 14, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

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The Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine was lucky enough to get the following quote from Astros GM Ed Wade after asking him about the trade deadline this afternoon:

“We’re going to be viewed as a land of opportunity for teams to try to improve the teams that are in contention.”

Because of the huge firestorm about to erupt when Brett Myers is put up for bids?

As usual, Wade is a year too late.  Myers likely would have netted an excellent prospect had the Astros made him available a year ago when he was 8-6 with a 3.10 ERA at the deadline.  Instead, Wade signed him to a two-year, $23 million extension that he’d love to pawn off on someone else now.  Myers is currently 3-9 with a 4.88 ERA.

The Astros only have three veterans with much in the way of trade value – Wandy Rodriguez, Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn — and they have no one ready to step in should they trade any of them.  Outside of Jeff Keppinger, they don’t even have any role players likely to attract any interest from contenders.

So, Wade is probably doomed.  The Astros have the worst record in baseball, and regardless of what Wade does this summer, they’re going to be the obvious favorites to finish last in the NL Central again next year.

  1. jamie54 - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    New owner, crappy team, so long Wade and certainly Mills. Have a feeling they won’t be missed.

    • gostros19 - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      They wont. Amen

  2. Paul White - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    I hope Mills gets a fair chance. Good guy, really good coach, and he’s had almost nothing to work with in Houston.

  3. iranuke - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    When were they going to move to the AL West? There is a non-trivial chance that they might not finish last in the NL Central next year, but last in the AL West.

  4. SmackSaw - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    As an Angel fan, it’s my privilege to present a laurel and hearty handshake to our new doormat.

  5. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    I’ve heard people in Philly claim that Ed Wade did great things for the Phillies when he was there. I’ve also heard people claim that he was the reason they were so bad for so long. Do you give Wade any credit for the farm system of a team? If so, I’d say he deserves credit and then might somehow give Houston down the road (like long after he’s gone). Or should one give that credit to the scouts they had in place? I’ve heard this debate a million times, but would love to hear some HBT opinion on Ed Wade over his career. If you or Craig or anyone over there felt like writing an op ed piece on him, other than the sampling you’ve given of his current debacles, I’m sure a few poeple would like to get some more facts about the guy to help put his career in perspective and therefore appreciate it. Just a thought.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      I’ve heard people in Philly claim that Ed Wade did great things for the Phillies when he was
      GM of the Astros.
      See below.

    • Gary - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      HardBall Talk does not do “perspective”.

  6. xmatt0926x - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Incorrect Mr. Pouliot…… Ed Wade does get it…he’s brilliant…… a man among boys…….Now Mr. Wade, lets have one of those nice deals with the phillies that makes you the genious you are. Lets say…Hunter Pence for 3 middling prospects. You are brilliant Mr. Wade. Exceedingly brilliant!!!!

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

      No, no, no…a tweak on what I’ve said before: Pence, Bourn, and oodles of cash, for Baez, KK and Martinez.

  7. Richard In Big D - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Adding Houston to the AL West will just increase the probability that the wild card will bet from the west…

  8. kingjoe1 - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Wade has helped establish the Astros farm system much like he did for Philadelphia. He is more valuable in rebuilding a franchise than he gets credit for.

  9. liquidgrammar - Jul 15, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Ed Wade is a dufus!!!! While I thank him for Roy Oswalt, there’s no way in help he gets credit for the Phillies!! We have a great team of scouts that built the farm system!! Pat Gillick put the finishing touches on that 08 team! Wade is a clown!!!

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