Ed Wade checks in from GM Meetings
Astros general manager Ed Wade and several members of the front office spent a full day attending meetings Tuesday during the abbreviated General Mangers’ Meetings in Chicago, which began Monday and will end Wednesday.
Wade said he is still in the exploratory process of putting the 2010 club together and has had initial conversations with other club about their wants and needs. Activity at the GM Meetings will set the stage for the Winter Meetings next month in Indianapolis.
“We’ve had meetings all day today and also had the opportunity to sit and talk to other clubs, just trying to assess each other’s needs and whether there will be future discussions to be had down the road with regard to trades,” Wade said. “It’s been pretty much routine at this point.”
Wade said he has a “pretty good idea” at what level the payroll will be set next year, but he hasn’t had a chance to firm things up because of his hectic schedule since the end of the regular season, a schedule that has included a lengthy managerial search.
“We’ll have some more internal meetings when we’re all in the same city at the same time,” Wade said. “With the manager search, the trip to the [Arizona] Fall League and this trip, we’ve had little chance to sit down and have those discussions. We have a pretty fair idea at this point in time and we’ll bring it into greater clarity in the next week or so.”
When asked if the Astros were in position to add an impact player in the offseason, Wade wouldn’t give specifics. But I think it’s safe to say not to expect the Astros to make a run at a high-dollar pitcher like John Lackey.
“The definition of impact player, I struggle with that,” Wade said. “We’re going to do what we can to try to improve the ballclub. Without playing labels or trying to fit guys into categories, I think if there’s an opportunity to do something from a standpoint of free agency or trade, we’ll try to make the best decisions.”