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Report: Astros already shopping closer Brett Myers

Apr 15, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

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The Astros moved right-hander Brett Myers from the rotation to the back end of their bullpen for one simple reason: to increase his trade value. And Houston is apparently already looking to cash in.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted late Saturday night that the Jeff Luhnow-led ‘Stros are “shopping” Myers, hoping to catch the interest of teams that have experienced early problems in the ninth inning (like, well, maybe the Giants).

Myers, 31, has allowed no runs and just one hit in two innings of work this season. He registered a 4.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 160/57 K/BB ratio across 216 innings (33 starts, one relief appearance) last year.

There isn’t a great market for innings-eating starters, but in-contention teams are always looking for relief help near the middle of the summer. Myers might not be moved this month, but he’ll be on the go eventually.

  1. kranepool - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I like the way Luhnow GM’s Giants & Red Sox could use the services of Myers stike while the iron is hot

    • hittfamily - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      gotampabay52 ?

  2. danielcp0303 - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    While the Astros have gotten off to a solid start, this really is good to hear. The youth movement is already in effect, and getting some more prospects will only help. Myers would be better off helping a contender, and the Astros can continue to build up their minor league system. Houston was able to get 2 starters for Mark Melancon, so a deal for Myers should brings something good back.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    His wife is just praying it’s not Boston.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      I wanted that one.

  4. thomas2727 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I don’t seeing the Giants being interested in Myers.

    Their bullpen is still very good. I look for Romo to get first crack at closing.

    Think back to last year. The catching situation was far more dire than the closer situation and Sabean choose to go with two career minor leaguers at catcher Whiteside and Stewart rather than give up anything to pickup a Pudge Rodriguez for example.

    Of course Sabean did overpay to rent Carlos Beltran so you never know.

  5. eastcoastblows - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Myers can replace The Machine

  6. stex52 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Myers does not fit in with any ongoing plans. But I am worried about depleting the reservoir of arms too quickly. That’s a lot of young pitchers, and once they get over 150 innings, a lot will be getting tired. I hope they are careful in their dealings.

    • danielcp0303 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Great point. Although I’m sure we’ll see Lyles in the rotation at some point this season, maybe another young guy as well.

  7. cf17 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    He’s probably my least favorite player of all time

  8. drewsylvania - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Already? They’ve probably been shopping him since Luhnow arrived. The team is going nowhere for the next couple years, so why do they need an expensive veteran closer? Trade him and stockpile prospects and picks.

  9. exhibits5 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    the METS will bring. him in for a tryouts. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Or the Orioles. Kevin Gregg is going down in flames – hell, he looks like his heat shield has already come loose. Even Angelos will be able to hear the derisive laughter at this rate.

      Then again, what do they have to offer for him?

  10. rob0527 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    A closer on a crappy team doesn’t get that much work and ends up looking awesome. So the Astros know they r not going to win a lot so why not try to trade him when value is very high.
    We r only 1 week into season and already 2 teams might have to over pay for him.

  11. jeffa43 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Stros are with no doubt moving in the right direction. Strong start.

  12. cmutimmah - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Stros to Brett Myers: “Boom. Outta here.”

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