How many ideas are so ridiculous that contemplating them can make ones head explode?
I know of one: the idea that the Houston Astros would trade anyone with talent and tenure.
I've been saying for a while that the Astros need to blow the roster up and start over. The farm pipeline is pretty barren, they aren't winning on the field, and the roster is in shambles. In the past few days the name Roy Oswalt has been floated as a possible trade candidate.
Roy Oswalt has even commented that he would likely not accept a deal to the AL.
Who cares? I'm here to squash this rumor right now. Drayton McLane will simply not move Roy Oswalt. Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee can be lumped on that list too. That isn't how the Astros operate. They find talent and cling to it. The premise isn't necessarily a bad one, but they tend to do it to a fault.
When you are in a funk like the Astros things need to change. The organization that uses Brian Moehler, Mike Hampton, and Russ Ortiz as patchwork starters in a failed faux playoff attempt isn't about to dump one of the best starting pitchers in baseball mid-season. I'd bet anything I own on it.
So can we please stop talking about Oswalt?
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Written by Josh Lile