Trade Winds Blow, Astros Likely In Doldrums

Eric LambertContributor IJuly 22, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  National League All-Star Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros fields during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Astros General Manager, Ed Wade, has much to contemplate, but little to do as the MLB trade deadline nears.

After their victory over the division-leading Cardinals, the Astros find themselves two games back of first place.  However, it should be noted that the Astros are a bit lucky to own their 48-46 record.  They have allowed 18 more runs than they have plated in the 2009 season. 

That isn't a recipe for success. 

If the Astros had the sub-.500 winning percentage—they most likely deserve at this juncture—they would most definitely be sellers.  Miguel Tejada and Jose Valverde would bring decent returns in a deadline trade, providing replenishment to an ailing farm system. 

Currently, the Astros are incapable of being buyers because the organization possesses not a single prospect that is both expendable and valuable enough to garner a difference maker for a 2009 campaign.

The real moves for the Astros will come in the winter when over $20 million comes off the books, as Tejada and Valverde will become free agents. 

Until then, it seems likely that the Astros stay pat and make an outside case for the playoffs.