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The Astros are shopping everyone

Dec 2, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to Wandy Rodriguez, the Astros are shopping Brett Myers and Carlos Lee too.

The problem, of course, is that all of those dudes are owed a lot of money. Both Rodriguez and Myers are owed in excess of $10 million a year for the next couple of years. Lee is owed a staggering $18.5 million.  Each could be marginally useful, but it’s not like anyone is going to give up anything of value for them.

Still, when you take over a team, clearing the decks is probably pretty cathartic, so Jim Crane likely doesn’t care all that much what he gets for those dudes as long as it’s not nothing.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Boston should trade for Brett Myers. He had one of his best games after beating up his wife on the streets of Beantown.

    • unclemosesgreen - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      That’s just not funny. Boo. Missing bicepts are we?

  2. unclemosesgreen - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    What they receive in trade value for any bloated contract they can dump will be greatly exceeded in value by the salary they don’t have to pay. There’s even value for the Astros in creating extra spots for young guys to sink or swim with. Lose Carlos Lee, and even if you pay some of his salary, you create room for Brett Wallace to try again, or someone else.

  3. xpensivewinos - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    If the Astros are willing to pay half his salary (and assuming there’s only one year left on that deal), I would take him if I were the Red Sox. Let Ortiz and his ridiculous demand of a 3-year deal take a walk (even two years might be too much at this point as he is not a guy who’s going to age gracefully). Lee can still hit and he’s right-handed which helps balance their lineup a little more. Lee would be a perfect DH at this point of his career.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      Eh. 3 years definitely isn’t happening, but no one else is gonna give him that either, so I don’t think it makes sense to walk away from him yet. Lee had a .788 OPS last year, Ortiz .953. I’d rather have Ortiz’s left handed bat than Lee’s RH bat. What we really need is an outfielder who hits right handed. Corey Hart maybe? Not too many exciting names out there…

  4. baseballisboring - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Wandy Rodriguez is still a good trade chip, 3.49 ERA last year. Lee isn’t a terrible offensive player but they’re not gonna get anything but a little salary relief and a AA reliever for him. Myers is an OK #4 starter…meh. This is why they should’ve blown it up a long time ago. It’s gonna be a longgg road back for Houston, especially in the AL now.

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      I don’t think Wandy would be any good in the AL- espeically the AL East. I really hope he doesn’t go to the Yankees.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        I dunno, I’m not saying he’d bring a huge haul…but he’s got some value. Probably their most valuable piece at the moment.

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