The Astros had a very disappointing season in 2011, and their rebuilding process is fully underway. The roster is mostly stocked with younger players but there are still some older veterans that can be dealt for more prospects to rebuild a depleted and bare farm system.
Ed Wade needs to make a great trade if he wants to have any chance to keep his job with the new owner Jim Crane coming in soon (hopefully). After a few big names, the free agent class is relatively weak which gives the Astros a great opportunity to deal off some players and get more for them than they normally would in a strong market.
Here are five possible trades that the Astros can do to bolster both their farm system and their major league team.