Astros expect quiet deadline

Astros general manager Ed Wade reiterated his stance Saturday that he doesn’t see his club making an impact trade before the July 31 deadline.

Wade said the Astros don’t want to give up prospects and aren’t in position to add salary. Also, Houston entered play Sunday three games out of first place in the NL Central.

“We’ll have conversations with clubs,” he said. “I just don’t want to raise undo expectations that we’re going to really be active at the trading deadline because that’s not going to be the case. We’re not going to be in a position to make a deal of significance.

“We’ve talked about where our payroll is at this point in time and we’re going to be very reluctant to give up a lot of young players. But we’ll continue to have conversations if there’s ways to improve.”

The kinds of things Wade anticipates doing are more along the lines of adding inexpensive pieces like Chris Coste, who was claimed off waivers July 10. Relievers Chris Sampson and Doug Brocail could also return from the disabled list soon.

“A year ago at this time we had a real pressing need for starting pitching and bullpen help and we went out and got [Randy] Wolf and [LaTroy] Hawkins,” Wade said. “The way Roy [Oswalt] and Wandy [Rodriguez] are pitching at the top of the rotation and the way the other three guys have gotten us deep enough into games, puts us in a position where we’re not in dire need to go out and add starting pitching.”

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Wouldn’t a Hawkins for Wolf trade work with Ed Wade’s stance since the trade would also dump salary, and the Dodgers are looking for veteran relief pitchers.

It’s been reported the Dodgers are interested in Hawkins, but that’s not a good deal for the Dodgers. Besides, Ed Wade said Saturday he was joking Wolf, who told him he only 12 days left to trade for him.

Are there no players out there (cheaply) or are they just hoping for the farm system to take hold? I know they don’t like to spend major bucks. Are Ortiz or Hampton in trouble?

Any impact players would either force them to increase payroll or cost them top prospects. They don’t want to do either. I don’t think Ortiz or Hampton are in trouble, but I will say that the Astros are anxious to see what Bud Norris will do.

What about about Jason Schmidt Tag? Is his contract small enough for the Astros to take on in a trade if he shows that he’s “back” in the couple of starts leading into the trade deadline.

Perhaps, but Ed Wade has said the club doesn’t have a need for starting pitching. Besides, if they do need a starter it’s likely going to come from the minors in Bud Norris or Felipe Paulino.

Not in dire need? I suppose not if they’re satisfied with simply competing. If they actually want a good shot at WINNING, however, a rotation containing Hampton, Ortiz and Moehler will simply not cut it. They need at least one better arm, doesn’t have to be an all-star, but someone solid.

Unless Bud Norris can come up and perform like a number two starter, the Astros are pretenders not contenders.

Although if Norris can cut down on the walks I’m sure he can perform at the level of a number two starter.

The Rays need a closer, we have one we can spare. Maybe Wade can pry Garza or Sonnanstine away. I don’t know. I’d still like to see Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base. We can get him cheap, (maybe for Bogusevic,) then move our third-base platoon over to second to replace Kaz Matsui (which I think is Japanese for “disabled list.”) The whole line-up is better.

I would like for my fellow astros fans comment about picking up 2 players we need to win the World Series including a starting pitcher and a replacement hitter. I think management should consider giving up significant players for a Roy Halladay type pitcher a power hitting player in the outfield or 2nd or third base.

To get these, I think we should be willing to deal a combination Hunter Pence, Bud Norris, Jason Castro, Reggie Abercrombie and non-impact veterans. For three of the previous mentioned, I think Scott Rolen and Halladay are fair.

It is time for the Astros to bring one to Houston, if the fans support this discussion, it or another deal might happen.

Are you even an Astros’ fan? What part of “can’t take on additional salary” is confusing you? You just traded away the next five years for two free agents (at the end of the year,) AND took on $20 million in salaries. Not to mention that when Rolen gets here, go ahead and put him on the DL.

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