What the Astros Should Learn From the Padres

Raymond Summerlin@@RMSummerlinContributor IMay 22, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 06:  Roy Oswalt #44 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the Opening Day game on April 6, 2009 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Even though the proposed trade of Jake Peavy to the White Sox was nixed by Peavy, it is very clear Peavy is eventually going to move on, and the Padres will be the new owners of several very good young prospects.

As an Astros fan, I am forced to ask one question.  Are you paying attention Ed Wade?

The intelligent Astros fan has seen the writing on the wall for quite some time.  The current team lacks pitching depth, has an aging team, and, because of a series of bad trades, has no farm system. 

It is clear that the team is eventually is going to have to be rebuilt, and it would seem this year would be the perfect time to do it, because the Astros have several older players who could be enticing for a team that is looking to win now. 

Carlos Lee’s contract is a certifiable barrier, especially since it still has three years left on it, but Lance Berkman’s and Roy Oswalt’s contracts are set up perfectly for an aging contending team to snap them up.  Both only have two years left on their deals, and both will still be very productive next year.   

The Angels would be a great suitor for Berkman.  They have been looking for a power bat to put behind Vlad it seems like forever.  Berkman could be just that.  The problem is Morales has been playing very well this season.  Still, a Berkman-Morales DH/1B combo would certainly be an upgrade for the Halos lineup.

On the Astros side, the Angels do not have a great farm, but they have several good, young pitchers.  Jordan Walden, Trevor Reckling, and Will Smith all look promising, and I think this deal could be worked out.

For Oswalt, there are a bevy of potential suitors.  The White Sox might be at the top of the list.  They have already shown they are willing to give up several prospects for a quality starter, and Oswalt certainly fits the bill. 

The problem with any potential trade is Oswalt’s full trade clause.  I think Oswalt would have to be involved in any trade talks, making the process even that much more difficult.

The point is the Astros have to start looking to the future.  They are not making the playoff this year and are currently firmly in the basement of the NL Central.  If you are going to get anything for Oswalt before he retires in 2011, now has to be the time. 

So, now there is only one question.  Are you paying attention Ed Wade?  


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